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IGAD-Plus vow to ensure that peace deal is signed on 17 August

Author : | Published: Friday, July 24, 2015

Mediators under the new initiative known as the IGAD Plus have vowed to ensure that the warring parties to the conflict sign a peace agreement on the 17th of August.

They ended their three-day meeting in Addis Ababa on Thursday.

The mediators discussed the latest proposal to end the conflict. The warring parties received a summary of the document last month.

In power sharing, it says that the government would take 53% in a national unity government during a transitional period of two and half years.

The SPLM in Opposition would take 33%, 14 for the Former Political Detainees and other political parties.

In Upper Nile region, which is the most affected by the conflict, the document proposes 33% for the government, 53% for the SPLM in Opposition and 14 for the Former Political Detainees and other parties.

But many members who were known as the Former Political Detainees have rejoined the SPLM in government and have returned to Juba.

In a press statement after the meeting, the IGAD Plus mediators said they endorsed the proposed compromise document.

They called on the warring parties to return to the negotiation table in Addis Ababa on the 5th of August.

“The IGAD-Plus are united in their determination to see that the Compromise Agreement is signed by August 17, which will go a long way to ease the suffering of the people of South Sudan and jointly call on the parties to return to Addis Ababa on August 5 prepared to finalize the agreement,” said Abdetta Birbirsa, IGAD Chief-of-Staff of Special Envoys for South Sudan.

The IGAD-Plus that include IGAD member states, the five members of the AU High-level Ad Hoc Committee, the Troika, China, the EU, AU and UN, said they stand ready to help the South Sudan people in implementing the proposed Compromise Agreement.

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