South Sudan

Kiir to sign peace treaty in Juba


South Sudan President Salva Kiir

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir, will sign the compromise peace agreement, according to presidential press secretary, Ateny Wek Ateny.

Ateny told press in the capital Juba that the president had consulted with Council of Ministers, state governors, heads of commissions and other government institutions, on the matter.

Kiir had earlier refused to ink the deal over what officials describe as contentious issues in the compromise agreement and asked 15 days to first consult.

The contentious issues include power sharing, system of governance, demilitarization of Juba and reintegration of forces during the transitional period.

VOA quotes a letter from the East African bloc IGAD which confirms the agreement will be signed Wednesday in the capital, Juba.

IGAD has been mediating talks to end the war between Kiir’s government and rebels led by his former deputy, Riek Machar.

Machar signed the agreement in Addis Ababa on August 17, but Kiir refused, saying that peace under the deal could not be sustained.

The United States has threatened sanctions against leaders on both sides of the conflict unless they make progress toward ending the war.

The leaders of Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan are expected to be on hand Wednesday for the signing of the agreement.

James Gatdet Dak, Machar’s spokesperson, says IGAD has confirmed Kiir will sign the peace agreement document tomorrow, August 26, in Juba.

“The same document he rejected which was already signed on August 17 by the Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of SPLM/SPLA, Comrade Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, will be taken to Juba for President Kiir to append his signature to it.”

“We learnt that president Kiir has security concerns if he leaves Juba and travels to Addis Ababa to sign it. We welcome his decision to finally sign the peace agreement,” Gatdet said.

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