Archive for June 16, 2018

US Ambassador Nikki Haley’s South Sudan Plan

Posted: June 16, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Daniel Mollenkam, from the International policy digest

A face to face meeting between the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, and opposition leader in absentia, Riek Machar, is set to happen before the 31st Summit of the Assembly of the African Union convenes in July, following mediation by Kenyan 2017 presidential runner-up, Raila Odinga. This rather impressive result is a last-ditch effort to force peace and materialized only after cajoling by states as well as by international and interregional institutions. It remains to be seen whether or not this is just another false cure for the fighting. Kiir may actually intend to merely placate international pressures, although Machar hopes to surf these pressures back into the executive offices in Juba. Should the talks fail, the US’ language may sound more like its language on the Middle East and Latin America.

South Sudan remains fractured along ethnic and political lines, and Kiir and Machar have regrettably become avatars of “reconciliatory” ambitions. It is currently one of the most dangerous places to work for internationals. A nonprofit I work with recently had an executive rescind acceptance of a position after learning that we wanted him to travel to the country to get a first-person feel for things. What little money might go to development has been subverted and obscured. There remains a representational imbalance. Kiir, in particular, has become increasingly unhinged of late. He’s reportedly slain journalists and has consolidated power. Years of reports of coups and assassination plots have redoubled his paranoia. (more…)

CEPO Press Statement: South Sudan Conflicting Parties Should Cease the Incentive Debate, and Adopt the Spirit of Political Compromise as the Intensive Interlink Consultations Kick-offs Today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

HLRF Hall of Deliberation

Saturday, June 16, 2018 (PW) — The South Sudan conflicting parties’ delegates for the Intensive Interlink Consultations arrived in Addis Ababa. The consultations will be from 16-18 June 2018. Each delegate team seems to be hopeful if there is a change of attitudes and behaviors from their opponents.

All the delegations team representative said they are for making peace change me South Sudan. The spirit for political compromise seems to be very low and each party is not ready for any compromise that has no “effective political gain return for them”.

The concept of “effective political gain return” for making a compromise for peace to prevail is the new trend that stands as a strong obstacle for timely achievement of a peace accord by the conflicting parties of South Sudan in Addis Ababa. IGAD is prepared for facilitating the consultations. (more…)