Archive for May 20, 2018

Major breakthrough reported at the HLRF as Government delegation endorses the formation of an inclusive revitalized transitional government

By Emmanuel Ariech Deng, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Weeping and prayers at the 4th day of the HLRF

Weeping and prayers at the 4th day of the HLRF

Sunday, May 20, 2018 (PW) — A major progress has been made at the IGAD-led High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) of the 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) as government delegation endorsed the formation of an inclusive revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (TGONU) in Juba, South Sudan.

The breakthrough was announced via a press statement this afternoon in Addis Ababa by South Sudan’s minister for information and government spokesperson, Michael Makwei Lueth. “So far we have agreed on inclusivity. This is something agreed even though we are still in disagreement on the type of inclusivity,” Hon. Michael Makwei revealed. He also added that the warring parties have agreed on cantonment of all forces.

According to Michael Makwei, this is a major concession on the part of the government which has been insisting on maintaining the status quo in Juba, with President Salva Kiir, 1st Vice President Taban Deng and Vice President James Wani Igga, at the helm of the revitalized transitional government. The SPLM-IO has proposed that the composition of the revitalized transitional government should include all parties invited to and currently participating at the HLRF in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (more…)

By Deng Vanang, Spokesperson of FDP/SSAF

prayers at the HLRF

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Sunday, May 20, 2018 (PW) — As on-going peace process is entering its final and crucial phase, rival parties have dug in eels so that none is outwitted by the other.

The realpolitik of high stakes sees increasingly unrelenting government prefer the dreaded status quo, which is to co-opt opposition into its ranks and files.

That is through its proposed dysfunctional Assistants to various positions of influence.

Which include, but not limited to its proposed Assistants to Vice Presidents. While leaving coveted Ist and Vice Presidents under its suffocating grips.

In addition to its intent to differ any proposed reforms agenda by the opposition to the later date. Especially, when constitution shall be subjected to further overhaul and ostensibly under its control to either sabotage or manipulate it in its own favor. (more…)

CEPO Press Release: The Intra-South Sudanese Dialogue at the IGAD’s High Level Revitalization Forum of the Peace Process in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Edmund Yakani

MR. EDMUND YAKANI BERIZILIOUS is the Executive Director of the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), a Juba-based South Sudanese civil society organization.

Sunday, May 20, 2018 (PW) — The intra-South Sudanese Dialogue made some progress on both governance and security sector. At least some outstanding issues in both sectors were resolved and agreed upon. Today the resolved outstanding issues in both sectors will be announced to the audience. Out of fives out standings that were by then hard for the IGAD facilitators at least 1 to 2 in each sector was resolved.

The deliberations were deep into the issues that define some of the matters of mistrust and lack of confidence including root causes. The committee on Trust and Confidence Building is progressing well in drawing some solutions on issues of mistrust and lack of confidences among the parties. Today there will be a pray organized by the faith-based leaders in the morning hours for bringing together the parties.

The spirit of the parties for dialogue under the intra-South Sudanese Dialogue is soft and spirit of wanting peace to prevail, although the some of the parties are harder in making compromises. Good change of attitudes was observed especially yesterday in handling the hard core issues in security sector.

The prayer will be from 9am to 11 am then the intra-South Sudanese dialogue will resume. Today the outcomes achieved will be announced to the public and handover to IGAD mediation

CEPO Remarks: Mr. Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of CEPO says the process of the intra-South Sudanese dialogue is handle hardcore issues among the parties. At least the manner in which the faith-based leaders are handling the process is encouraging and motivating. We are hopeful that the faith-based leaders can make some results realized that will make peace happen

The Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) is a non-profit, civil society, South Sudanese organization, registered by the Ministry of Justice on 17th November 2010. The organization was initially formed in Khartoum in 1999 and consisted of mostly University students, but its scope broadened after it was established in Juba, Southern Sudan as a separate entity. Presently, CEPO is engaged in the areas of Peace and conflict mitigation, human rights, rule of law, livelihood, governance and democratic transformation. MR. EDMUND YAKANI BERIZILIOUS is the Executive Director of CEPO.

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