Sudanese mediators are still reviewing the draft peace agreement of the South Sudan peace revitalisation forum, South Sudan Information Minister Michael Lueth says.
Following a meeting held in Entebbe on Saturday, it was announced that the South Sudanese parties would sign an agreement on the outstanding issues on power-sharing and governance and conclude the revitalisation forum in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Wednesday.
But Leuth, who doubles up as government spokesman, explained that the draft agreement was still not ready and that the Sudanese mediators were in the process of finalising the text.
Following the Entebbe meeting, which was attended by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Sudan’s President Omer Al Bashir, South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO), an announcement was made that an agreement had been reached on the issue of governance.
However, opposition groups, including the SPLM-IO, South Sudan Opposition Alliance, and other political parties voiced their rejection of the Entebbe proposal which incorporated changes to the initial document.
The most import amendment was the establishment of the fourth position of a vice-president instead of three. In return, Kiir agreed to reinstitute Machar in his previous position as first vice president.
However, other outstanding issues were ignored.
- African News Agency (ANA)