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Salva Kiir Criticizes Peace Negotiators for Favouring Rival Riek Machar

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South Sudan president Salva Kiir has castigated the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for favouring his sacked deputy, Riek Machar, former detainees and rebels.

South Sudan is the world’s youngest nation. War has ravaged the nation since 2013, displacing more than two million people.

A peaceful resolution has eluded South Sudan since 2013. And now president Kiir is poking holes into negotiations  brokered by IGAD.

President Kiir has written to IGAD chairperson, communicating his disappointment with the peace broker.

KIIR STINGS IGAD

In his December 6 letter, Kiir says last month’s meeting in Ivory Coast had sidelined his government.

“I write to register my sincere disappointment, on behalf of the transitional government of national unity [TGONU], on the IGAD council of ministers sideline meeting of the 28 November 2017, held in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, in which progress towards the conduct of the high-level Revitalization was discussed in absence of South Sudan,” writes Kiir.

According to Kiir, the IGAD report had “completely failing to satisfactorily respond to the questions advanced by TGONU.

“The report in the main epitomizes views of the FDS (former detainees) and other opposition groups. The TGONU (Transitional Government of National Unity) only presented to the IGAD council of ministers, during its visit to Juba from 13- 14 November 2017, a combination of elucidations and preliminary proposals.

“The response of the IGAD to the TGONU, as submitted by Mr Ismail Waise, was surficial, completely failing to satisfactorily respond to the questions advanced by TGONU.”

QUICK TIMELINE

  • July 2011 — South Sudan hewed from Sudan
  • December 2013 — war starts after Kiir sacked Machar
  • 2015 — Peace deal collapses
  • June 2017: IGAD meeting to revitalize peace implementation

 

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