The South Sudan rebel leader, Dr. Riek Machar has asked IGAD to consider the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement approach to address the current conflict in his country.
Machar, for the first time in 2 years, met his rival President Salva Kiir face-to-face in Addis Ababa on Wednesday night in the presence of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, who is also the Chairman of IGAD.
A statement released by Machar movement’s publicity, Mabior Garang on Thursday described the meeting as “cordial”.
“The meeting was cordial and the two leaders discussed the prospects for peace in broad terms,” Mabior said.
Mabior, who is also the son of SPLM founder leader Dr. John Garang, stated that the model of 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the war between Sudan and then autonomous Southern Sudan should be revisited.
“The Chairman and Commander in Chief of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) gave his views on some of the challenges facing the peace process and proposed the solution should be to revisit the model that was used to achieve the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).”
According to Machar, CPA allowed the government of Sudan and then united SPLM to comprehensively discuss and agree amongst themselves.
“The CPA model allowed the warring parties to discuss amongst themselves what the problems and possible resolutions should be, with an IGAD Secretariat to record the areas of agreement between the parties.”
The SPLA-IO viewed the current approach by IGAD as unrealistic measure.
“The current model, with its various workshops, though very informative, is unrealistic, as it is not for lack of technical experts that there is war in the country, nor will the workshops stop the war.”
The rebel doesn’t want the mediator, IGAD to impose agreement on the warring parties.
“The imposition of an agreement on the parties will not work and all the opposition groups have rejected the recent “Bridging” proposal as not reflecting any of our positions.”