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STILLBIRTH – IGAD proposal dead on arrival

Dr. Remember Miamingi (Daily Monitor file photo):

By Jale Richard

A South Sudanese analyst has said that the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has failed in mediating the South Sudan peace talks, calling the new proposal on power sharing and security arrangement a “miscarriage.”

Dr. Remember Miamingi, a South Sudanese human rights and governance expert based at the Centre for Human Rights of University of Pretoria in an interview from Addis Ababa last week said IGAD has failed in mediating the South Sudan conflict due to conflict of interests among IGAD member states.

“The proposal that IGAD produced this evening (last Wednesday) is a stillbirth,” Miamingi said. “It is dead on arrival. It is not going to go anywhere not even with the parties,” he added.

According to Miamingi, the proposal rewards bad behavior and punishes good behavior.

This comes after the IGAD mediated continuation of the second phase of the High Level Revitalization Forum ended last week without a deal reached by the warring parties.

IGAD unveiled a new draft proposal for power sharing and security arrangement which gave the government 55 percent shares; SPLM-IO 25 percent, South Sudan Opposition Alliance 10 percent, other political parties 20 percent, former political detainees 5 percent, and political parties under the government 5 percent.

The SPLM-IO, the South Sudan Opposition Alliance, and the former political detainees (FDs) rejected the proposal for what they called “rewarding the government”.

Mabior Garang De Mabior, a delegate of the SPLM-IO in the talks said the IGAD proposal “endorsed the current administration as legitimate, it is like they are trying to trick us to legitimizing the government which we reject.”

However, the Government Spokesperson Michael Makuei Lueth said “we are in agreement in some parts and we are in disagreement in some parts” of the proposal.

Makuei said that the government did not agree on the parts of removal of the position of the First Vice President, the Vice President, and responsibility sharing.

Dr. Miamingi suggested that IGAD should be supported by the African Union and the United Nations to ‘dilute’ and ‘minimize’ the conflict of interest among IGAD member states.



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