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Kiir’s reservations won’t affect peace deal implementation

Author : | Published: Thursday, August 27, 2015

The reservations of President Salva Kiir on the peace agreement signed on Wednesday will not affect its implementation, an opposition political party and a political analyst have said.

President Kiir has reservations on the proposed demilitarization of Juba, Reparation and Compensation Authority, composition of the executive body of the transitional government, amongst other.

Peter Mayen, chairperson of the People’s Liberal Party, says the reservations will be another means for dialogue.

He told Eye Radio that it is the political will which will determine the fate of the agreement.

“This will not affect actually the implementation but actually leading a way so that there is further dialogue into how those areas or those reservations should be implemented so that the people, the political parties and the government, the former warring parties are able to sit together,” Mr Mayen said.

“So, what we see as the most important thing is that we have to have a political will.”

For his part, political analyst and lecturer at the University of Juba, Dr. James Okuk, says people should not be afraid of the reservations.

He told Eye Radio the reservations are a basis for amending the deal during its implementation

“It’s subject to amendments, but the amendments cannot happen if you reject the agreement. But when you start the implementation of the agreement, there are mechanisms which exist within the agreement, and possibly the amendments can happen. So, people should not be scared of these reservations,” he said.

The implementation of the peace agreement is expected to begin soon.

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