South Sudan leader Salva Kiir signs peace agreement

President of Sudan Salva Kiir has signed the peace deal despite having reservations about it

President of Sudan Salva Kiir has signed the peace deal despite having reservations about it

The South Sudan President, Salva Kiir has finally signed the peace agreement, that if implemented might end the conflict in Africa’s young country.

The deal has been brokered by Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and is fully backed by regional leaders and the international community including UN and US.

Kiir penned the accord at 4.54 pm local time in the South Sudan capital Juba, and the signing ceremony was attended by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Kenya’s leader Uhuru Kenyatta, the Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemarian Desalegn, and the Sudanese vice president, Bakari Hassan among others.

“We will sign this document, but I want you regional leaders to stand with us during the implementation because if it is left to us alone, we will spoil it,” Kiir said shortly before signing the deal adding “If our reservations are ignored, it will not be in the interest of a just peace.”

Last week Kiir had expressed reservation on the provisions in the deal like the demilitarization of Juba, and power sharing with the rebels and consulting with Machar on major decisions.

Even as the signing was happening Kiir accused rebel forces of attacking government positions but the rebels have denied the accusations.

Riek Machar, the rebel leader and Kiir’s former vice president signed the agreement last week in Ethiopia.