United Nations to sanction South Sudan if peace deal fails

United Nations to sanction South Sudan if peace deal fails

IGAD leaders held a five-hour closed-door meeting Sunday night in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ahead of Monday’s IGAD-Plus South Sudan peace process summit.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Presidents Salva Kiir (South Sudan), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Omar al-Bashir (Sudan) and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (Ethiopia) as well as the leader of the South Sudanese rebels, Dr. Riek Machar, met ahead of Monday’s meeting that is expected to broker a lasting peace deal in South Sudan.

The leaders are set to study the IGAD-Plus draft peace agreement on South Sudan, before presenting to the warring parties for signature.

The IGAD-Plus peace initiative includes IGAD, the AU, five African countries, the Troika countries (the United States, the United Kingdom and Norway), the European Union, the United Nations, and China.

The United Nations has warned of unspecified sanctions against the belligerents should they refuse to sign the final peace agreement and form a “legitimate” transitional government.

The international lead mediator of the IGAD-plus peace initiative, Mr. Seyoum Mesfin of Ethiopia, gave the warring sides Monday’s  ultimatum to sign the peace deal without room for further extension saying ‘the delay has frustrated the international community’.

Key issues of disagreement include a power-sharing proposal between the government and rebels which is part of a compromise peace plan put forward by IGAD-plus initiative.

Report by PSCU

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