South Sudan

ANALYSIS: Inclusive Gov't a Stick Issue in South Sudan Talks


hospital geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>The Foreign Affairs ministers of all IGAD member countries constituting the council are convening at Sheraton Hotel Addis at 9am for a briefing from their chairman Dr. Tedros Adhanom Gehebreyesus, this also the Ethiopian exterior minister, who has been mediating the South Sudan peace talks alongside IGAD envoys.

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“The Council of Ministers shall sit first tomorrow and later followed by the already communicated Extra-ordinary summit of Heads of State,” a short statement from IGAD reads in part.

Dr. Tedros shall put forward to his counterparts the successes and challenges of the dialogue which started late last year.

Six months down the road, fighting is still raging on in different states mainly Upper Nile and Unity.

It is hugely expected that Machar and President Salva Kiir will sign a peace deal to pave way for the formation of a new coalition government.

The Council of Ministers, according to IGAD, shall debate and come out with resolutions to be forwarded to Heads of State who shall take final decisions.

Sources told Chimpreports that among the contentious items to be discussed include the formation of “an inclusive” and “transitional” government which shall organize free and fair elections in 2015.

Mediators are considering forming a Federal System among the 10 states of South Sudan.

President Kiir recently affirmed that the new government will comprise several stakeholders not just Riek Machar loyalists.

He also pushed the presidential elections to “two or three years” pending a national reonciliation process to heal the wounds of the shattered nation.

They will also discuss the deployment of troops in South Sudan under IGAD.

Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia are expected to deploy troops in the war-torn country to maintain a buffer zone between government forces and the rebels.

It’s well known in the corridors of power that several countries under IGAD want UPDF to quit South Sudan.

However, Uganda is a key ally of President Kiir.

Should the IGAD force fall short in halting the rebel advance, the government in Juba could be further destabilised thus posing dire security challenges for Uganda.

UPDF spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda recently told this website that Uganda is willing to leave South Sudan when it is satisfied that a joint force under IGAD has been deployed to maintain stability.

Fighting that started in the world’s youngest nation in December last year has claimed tens of thousands of live, displaced 1.3 million people and forced 360,000 to neighbouring countries ,according to United Nation agencies.


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