Finally, South Sudan’s warring factions sign peace deal

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          With the way the world is going, with all the conflicts and crises, it is not frequently we see news like this.
I’m glad to write that the warring factions of South Sudan, after a long and brutal 15 months of internal conflict have agreed to a peace deal brokered by the Tanzanian Government. The agreement contains that Salvar Kiir will remain President and Machar will be reinstated as the Vice President.
      The President, Salvar Kiir and former Vice President and later rebel leader, Riek Machar agreed to sign this new peace deal, ending the crises in their country, the world’s newest country.
The conflict started after Riek Machar was accused of plotting a coup which led to him being removed as the Vice President.
He subsequently became the rebel leader, with a faction of the army loyal to him. The conflict later took an ethnic dimension as the respective ethnic tribes of the Salvar Kiir and Machar began fighting each other. More than 10,000 people have been killed and two million others uprooted from their
homes in a bitter conflict which has cost South Sudan’s economy millions of dollars.

“This is a partial agreement because we have not solved some of the most critical issues,” these were the words of Reik Machar, pointing out that functional ways of power sharing need to be agreed on.
   Though I’m glad about the progress,  I have fears about the deal.
Remember that talks have been on for months in Ethiopia, talks which have been slow and nearly unproductive, before the stepping in of Tanzania. Some agreements were reached during these talks which includes a cease fire deal which was subsequently frequently violated.
Fear 1: I fear that if the agreement fails, the country would relapse immediately to the state of bitter fighting it was in before the deal.
      Also, remember that Reik Machar was the former Vice President under thesame Salvar Kiir.
Fear 2: With all that has happened, I fear that there will be a continual mistrust between them which might hamper the nation’s attempt at lasting peace and stability.
      All said, I’m still glad that there has been an agreement. At least, it is as step in the right direction.


7 thoughts on “Finally, South Sudan’s warring factions sign peace deal

    Dr. Rex said:
    February 3, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Peace can become a reality …. it needs work from both sides!!

    Liked by 1 person

      lotenna responded:
      February 4, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      Exactly! I hope they will be willing to work in order to achieve lasting peace and stability. Its all about sacrificing personal interest

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    sedwith said:
    February 4, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Trust has to be earned and I agree Lotenna there fears exist… hard to see what will be put in place to address the mistrust, remember there was ‘agreement’ reached (with a select group of people with ‘interest’)in the Ukrainian situation and that had a slim base and no follow through. We see the results are more death and even more mistrust with people’s wishes totally ignored.

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      lotenna responded:
      February 4, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      True. Trust can be earned if the parties involved sacrifice selfish personal interests and consider the interest of the people. Africa is in dire need of selfless leaders like Nelson Mandela.


        sedwith said:
        February 4, 2015 at 12:50 pm

        The world has few leaders who arent there for selfish reasons. From what I see the Selfless shoes of current world politics only fit Jose Mujica in Uraguay. Im tired of bullies running the world.

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        lotenna responded:
        February 4, 2015 at 12:52 pm

        Of course, Mujica is legendary for being very selfless and anti corrupt.


        sedwith said:
        February 4, 2015 at 12:57 pm

        I think I’ll go visit! I hear its very windy….

        Liked by 1 person

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