A communique from South Sudan’s Presidency says Salva Kiir met his two deputies in the coalition government, in a bid to commence the implementation of the peace agreement after weeks of deadlock.
The three leaders, a statement noted, agreed to undertake measures to “strengthen the protection of civilians”.
“The President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit, today met with his two deputies, to discuss some of the issues on peace implementation and some current developments in the country. The three leaders have agreed to undertake measures to expedite the implementation process of the peace agreement so that the country can move forward with reconciliation, healing and forgiveness”, partly reads the statement.
Kiir said he was especially willing to cooperate with the new first vice president Taban Deng Gai to ensure that priority would be given to resolving key problems that have caused strong protests by the people and power struggles in the country.
“A new spirit is emerging from the presidency, the spirit of cooperation, consensus and willingness to implement the agreement so that the country can move forward,” it read
President Kiir earlier issues a decree sacking his rival Riek Machar and appointed his principle negotiator in the August Peace AgreementTaban Deng Gai as the country’s First Vice-President.
Machar fled the capital Juba following clashes between his forces and those loyal to President Kiir in Juba, in which over 300 people died and thousands displaced.
According to the statement from the presidency, a number of things have been agreed to be resolved, including accepting that the deputy speaker’s position be nominated by the armed opposition.
“These nominations will speed-up the establishment of a new parliament incorporating members of the SPLM/A-IO, and enabling the parliament to function as normal, enacting laws and aiding in the establishment of institutions prescribed by the Compromise Peace Agreement 2015, including approving the new Constitution of the Republic, leading to the next census and elections”, it stressed.
Officials at the presidency told Sudan Tribune that many of the details of the peace proposal were already known, including, among others, commitment to observing a permanent ceasefire, implementing the security arrangement by disbanding and integrating members of armed opposition into different institutions of government under one command and protecting the civilians.
Observers, however, say it is unclear how the leaders intend to implement the deal and how members of armed opposition and the international community would react, if the accord is compromised.
It is also unclear what exactly the leaders have agreed to do as the first thing in the implementation of the peace agreement and how long they have collectively intended to achieve their objectives.
Source: Sudan Tribune