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Let’s implement peace deal to prove them wrong – Machar

Kiir shakes hands with Machar in Khartoum, Sudan | photo | Ministry of ICT

The peace agreement is bound to succeed or fail within the next 8 months, depending on the actions of all parties, says Dr Riek Machar, the leader of the SPLM-IO.

In a meeting with President Salva Kiir in Khartoum, he said the world believes the agreement will be violated due to previous lack of political-will by the South Sudanese leaders.

There have been a series of violations of various agreements since the start of the high-level revitalization forum.

The cessation of agreement was violated hours after signing.

And despite the signing of a permanent ceasefire in Khartoum this year, there have been reports of clashes in former Unity and areas of Yei River State.

According to the First Vice President Designate, the success of the revitalized peace agreement is dependent on how committed the parties to implement the provisions of the Pre-Interim Period.

The parties are expected to form a Joint Transitional Security Committee which shall be in-charge of Training of the unified forces of the military, police and other security services shall start at the beginning of the Pre-Transitional Period.

They are also to demilitarize all civilian areas, and declare the disposition of their forces down to battalion level, including establishing forces concentration areas.

Upon forming the National Pre-Transitional Committee that shall be entrusted with the function of oversight and coordination of the implementation of the activities of the Pre– Transitional Period, the parties are expected to commence the process of national healing and reconciliation by including all forces and affected people.

Dr. Riek Machar believes these arrangement will make it easy for the parties to build trust and willingly implement provisions left for the transitional period of 3 years.

He said it is incumbent upon the leaders of South Sudan to prove to the world that, they are committed, so that the agreement also gains the support of the international community:

“How do we prove them wrong? That we are genuine. We want this agreement to work because they will sit back, they will watch what we are doing. If we fail in three months, they will say ‘we told you this thing cannot be implemented’.”

During the Pre-Transitional, the parties are required to issue a solemn commitment to their people and the international community at large, confirming that they will not return to war, and shall work hand in hand diligently and collectively for the sake of peace and stability of their country.