South Sudan Pres. Kiir to sign peace accord

Kiir and Machar at the signing of one of the prior seven peace agreements. Will this be different?

Kiir and Machar at the signing of one of the prior seven peace agreements. Will this be different?

The President of South Sudan Salva Kirr is due to sign the peace agreement to effectively end the 20-month conflict in his country.

Kiir, who initialed but declined to sign the agreement because of some reservations has finally agreed to sign it this Wednesday in the South Sudanese Capital, Juba.

Last week, Kirr asked Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) mediators for 15 more days for “consultations” with his team back home, and he was granted the two weeks but regional leaders and the international community including US, and UN have maintained pressure on the South Sudanese leader to append his signature on the peace agreement.

IGAD has announced Kiir has finally made up his mind and the he is ready to sign the “compromise document” this Wednesday in Juba.

“The IGAD Secretariat presents its compliments to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of its Member States and the honour to inform the latter that as per the information received today from the Office of H.E., the President of the Republic of Kenya, through the Office of H.E., the Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, will be signed tomorrow, 26th August, 2015, in Juba, South Sudan,” IGAD said in a statement.

“The Secretariat of IGAD wishes to take this opportunity to request all IGAD Plus Members to send their respective delegation to Juba to witness and attend this long-awaited historic moment,” the statement adds.

The United Nations is welcoming Kiir’s gesture to sign the agreement but strongly urges both leaders of South Sudan to fully and genuinely implement it and end the devastating conflict.

“I reiterate my call to the leaders of South Sudan to place the interests of their people above their personal ambitions and to implement the peace agreement in good faith,” Ellen Margrethe Løj, the head of the UN Mission in the country (UNMISS) told the UN Security Council Tuesday.

The United States last week submitted a draft proposal on an arms embargo on Africa’s and world’s young nation to the Security Council and urged members to vote on the measure soon to show Juba that the international community means business as far as sanctions are concerned.

President Salva Kiir and his former Vice President, and now rebel leader Riek Machar have been under intense pressure to ink the peace accord or face international sanctions.

In the course of this conflict, about seven peace agreements have been signed and broken within hours or days after signing.

The conflict has displaced more than 2 million for their homes, and forced thousands out their country.

Both the government and the rebels have been accused by rights organisations of raping and killing women and children and the UN Security council has blacklisted 3 generals from either side as a result.