Analyst wants AU to takeover peace mediation role
Dr. James Okuk during the PIMI plenary meeting (photo by Woja Emmanuel Wani)
By Woja Emmanuel Wani
A lecturer at the University of Juba has called on the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)-the body mediating the peace talks in Addis Ababa to hand over the mediation role to the African Union (AU).
Dr. James Okuk said on Wednesday that the mediation under IGAD has made no progress and would not bring lasting peace to the country.
“IGAD does not have the courage to ask why the agreement failed at the first place before revitalizing it,” he said.
“They just selected the most controversial ones which are chapter, one on governance and chapter two on the security because they think if people divide power and have body guards around them everything is solved which was a misconception by them,” Dr. Okuk added.
He spoke on Wednesday during a Peace Implementation and Monitoring Initiative (PIMI) plenary forum held in Juba.
According to Dr. Okuk the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) had lost its meaning adding that the gaps between the parties still remains wide raising concerns whether peace can be achieved in the country.
He said the AU should take over the mediation role because it has a good reputation and has managed to maintain several conflicts in the African continent.
After realizing that there was no progress in the talks, Dr. Okuk claimed that the IGAD tried what he called “Opium of the People” by making the women to cry in the hall so that the leaders can sign the peace agreement prematurely.
Meanwhile Nunu Diana, a representative of the Women Monthly Forum supported the proposal saying it could yield a sustainable peace to the people in the country once AU takes the mediating role.
She also slammed the Civil Society Organizations for signing the peace agreement on individual basis which according to Nunu limited the chances for prevalence of peace.