South Sudan rivals sign peace agreement in Khartoum
The South Sudanese President had on Wednesday signed a peace agreement with the rebels. The peace pact was to include a ceasefire which was to commence 3 days after.
The country’s foreign Minister, however said that the rebels had refused to agree to other sections of the agreement.
“The parties will continue talks in Khartoum to discuss the arrangements for implementing the ceasefire, and after it comes into place the issue of power-sharing will be discussed,” Sudanese Foreign Minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed said in an interview with Reuters.
He added that “The framework agreement comes ahead of a final settlement and would allow access for humanitarian aid, prisoners to be freed and a transitional unity government to be formed after four months”.
The Rebel leader Riek Machar was in the capital city to sign the deal on Wednesday.
Machar commented on the agreement saying, “This agreement signed today and the ceasefire will end the war in South Sudan and opens a (new) page,”
“We will sign the framework today, with some amendments. Most notably, we reject the three capitals – South Sudan is one country – and we reject foreign forces coming into our land,” the spokesman, Mabior Garang Mabior, said, apparently referring to proposed monitoring of the ceasefire by regional African group Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and African Union forces.
“We also reject the resumption of oil production prior to a comprehensive negotiated settlement,” Mabior said.
South Sudan had inherited the oil-based region of Sudan during the secession and that has battered its economy greatly.
The war has led to the demise of about 12 million South Sudanese.