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South Sudan Peace Deal with armed opposition groups fails to address corruption at root of conflict

MagkaSama Team - September 13, 2018
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In June we posted a news about the peace deal signed in Khartoum: after almost five years of a deadly civil war, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and South Sudan’s opposition leader Riek Machar met in Khartoum. Read our news: Salva Kiir and Riek Machar strike peace deal in Khartoum.

A month later, the Security Council on July 13, 2018 endorsed a resolution imposing an arms embargo on South Sudan until May 2019. More details in: South Sudan: Sanctions and arms embargo to give peace a chance?

If many people are wondering if the involvement of Sudan in this peace deal was a good sign, John Prendergast, Founding Director of the Enough Project and the Co-Founder of The Sentry, and Brian Adeba, Deputy Director of Policy at the Enough Project, posted an article on The Daily Beast regarding the peace deal signed on September 12 between the government of South Sudan and armed opposition groups:

Today’s agreement is at its heart simply a crass division of the spoils between the rival factions with the biggest guns. It lacks meaningful checks and balances on executive overreach in a country in which the presidency already wields immense powers that are used mainly to loot the country’s resources and deploy extreme violence against opponents, whether military or civilian.

Beneath the veneer of power-sharing arrangements on a host of contentious issues, including state borders being redrawn by the regime to reinforce its control among regional and ethnic bases, lurk several articles that grant undue advantage to the chief executive.

Worst of all, this peace agreement lacks realistic outcomes on many of the most contentious issues.

They also call out America and Europe: ‘[They] must raise the cost to those facilitating the destruction of the world’s newest country as well as those benefiting from it, in particular the banking and real estate sectors in countries neighboring South Sudan‘.

Unfortunately, peace deals can be signed but the United States and the European Union are turning a blind eye on South Sudan, their focus being currently on Sudan with their cooperation on counterterrorism and partnership countering migration…

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