All parties and countries of East Africa are in Addis Abeba for peace talks to seal South Sudan’s conflict and sign a draft reconciliation agreement submitted by IGAD on July 25 for South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Reik Machar to sign a final agreement on August 17. The only person. who has not arrived in Addis Abeba so far is Salva Kiir.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, Uganda’s President Yuweei Museveni, IGAD officials, the rebel leader Reik Machar and representatives from the international community have already arrived on time for the last ditch.
Under IGAD’s proposal, the rebels would be allocated a first vice president and the government the presidency, while an 18-month period would be set to integrate both armies.
U.S. President Barack Obama had stressed that the August 17 deadline for a peace deal should be respected or consequences would follow.
Pro-Kirr representatives at the peace talks had last week asked for Ethiopian and Sudanese mediators to be removed and the place of the mediation to be out of Ethiopia and Sudan.