Civil Society groups Protest in south Sudan calling for peace

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President Sal Kiir

Civil society groups organized a protest in Juba on Tuesday to protest against a proposed compromise peace agreement, dubbed the IGAD plus document, that regional mediators want the conflicting parties to adopt in a bid to end the war in South Sudan.

The protesters said they are opposed to the document’s proposals on power sharing, adaptation of two armies and the demilitarization of the capital City.

Similar protest were organized in Wau, the capital of Western Bar Ghazal state.

Regional leaders under the regional body IGAD, and other international players are growing increasingly impatient with what they view as reluctance among the conflicting parties in Sudan to compromise and agree to end the conflict, which has been raging for more than a year now.

Elsewhere women took the streets to also demanding peace in the country that has been faced with instability  for the last 19 months.

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Riek Machar

 

The participants at the march, organised by the Sudan Council of Churches National Women Program, also demanded the end of violence in the state of Western Equatoria, where dozens of people were reported dead in the capital, Yambo, after clashes.

The civil war which started in December 2013 is a conflict between government forces faithful to President Salva Kiir and rebels grouped around former vice president Riek Machar.

Vice president Machar accepted the demilitarization of the federal capital Juba, one point of a peace agreement drafted by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, an organization which comprises Horn of Africa countries.

The peace plan established an interim period during which the two rival armies will be separated and then later reunited in one body.

A host of outstanding issues on governance, security arrangements, various reforms, wealth sharing, accountability, justice and reconciliation as well as power sharing have remained unresolved between the two parties.

A face-to-face direct negotiations between president Kiir and opposition leader Machar collapsed on 6 March when they could not agree on almost every contentious matter in the negotiations to end the 20-month long civil war.

The two parties are expected to submit to IGAD-Plus results of their respective consultations by 6 August.