Rebel chief Riek Machar who Monday signed a peace agreement ending South Sudan conflict has addressed press in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
“I did not know that pres Kiir wasn’t going to sign deal. I expected much more concessions from him,” Machar started.
Machar says he signed the deal on my own free will and the conviction of our movement South Sudan.
Pagan Amum on the other hand signed on behalf of the former political detainees who were later reintegrated into the Juba regime.
President Salva Kiir refused to append his signature saying peace that cannot be sustained cannot be signed.
“If it is signed today and then tomorrow we go back to war, then what have we achieved?”
Machar had earlier vowed not to sign the deal saying Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni colluded with Kiir to change the earlier proposals.
The Kampala IGAD Summit on South Sudan attended by Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, President Uhuru Kenyatta and South Sudan Foreign Minister, Marial Benjamin, resolved thus: there shall be Power Sharing at National Level (A. 53% GRSS, B. 33% SPLM /SPLA io, C. 7% FDS, D. 7% PP).
It rejected power sharing in states and called for the return to status of election.
It rejected demilitarisation of Juba and other areas saying security arrangements would be decided by the Chief of Staffs of Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda with respect to Chaired Unify Command of the two Armies, reintegration of the troops, time frame of the unification of the army.
Machar had warned that the new proposals go against the IGAD PLUS Draft Agreement on South Sudan as a basis for negotiation saying Museveni was frustrating the talks.
Also today, Machar and Kiir are reported to have walked out on Museveni and Kenya president, Uhuru Kenyatta.