By David Mayen Ayarbior, Juba, South Sudan
August 29, 2015 (SSB) — Soon after presenting reservations on certain aspects of the IGAD-Plus Compromise Peace Agreement, the United Nations gave the government of South Sudan up to 1st September to withdraw them. Few, if any, may have a recollection of any case of international law where the UN decided to force a government to withdraw its reservations over an agreement it has actually signed. Indeed, the current case of South Sudan could be an awkward precedent that may, ironically, most likely be later overridden by the International Court of Justice as a bad precedent and an illegal one.
If the CPA’s hitherto unresolved just cases of Abyei, Blue Nile, and the Nuba Mountains could serve as the most recent involving IGAD-Plus, UN Security Council and South Sudan, then these organizations should learn not to go around reservations as a means of stamping agreements they broker as sealed. Usually, when conflict popped up again, the west has been no way to be seen at best, or hurling condemnations on the aggrieved parties. Ida refugee camps and accusing South Sudan of interfering in “internal affairs” of a sovereign state stand as testaments.