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The South Sudan civil war that has adversely carried on for 19 months may soon be coming to an end as the conflicting parties are expected to get back to the negotiation table before the end of this month.

ChimpReports has exclusively learnt that in the new IGAD- Plus time table for the virtually last chance for a peaceful resolution to the world’s youngest nation war; President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar are expected to finally append their signatures on the agreement on 17th August 2015.

According to sources from the neighboring Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa where the talks has been taking place since the war broke out in December 2013, treatment http://choladathaicuisine.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/widgets.php the government and rebel delegations have been called back to the dialogue and to report on 21st and 22nd of July to conclude on the remaining issues.

“The new timetable is out and we have already extended invitations to both rebel and government delegation to be here by 21st and 22nd respectively. This time is much prospected to achieve what we have been pursuing for the past many months, treatment http://davepoulin.ca/wp-admin/includes/class-walker-nav-menu-edit.php ” a source from IGAD- Plus who asked not to be named since he is not supposed to speak to the media said.

SPLA/M under Kiir and the rebel movement SPLA/M-IO under Dr. Machar are supposed to agree and form the Government of Transitional Unity that shall be composed of both sides.

The major contentious issues that led to the collapse of the previous talks in March this year were the power sharing ratio, the fate of the two armies and the system of governance.

According the existing proposal, Kiir shall remain the president and Riek Machar might either be Prime Minister or First Vice President.

On the system of governance, the government wants the oil rich country to continue with the current structure but the rebels are still asking for the Federal system of governance.


On the security question, the government of Kiir wants the two forces with parallel command structures to be unified to a single force but Machar`s rebel movement wants the two armies to remain separate up to the end of the transitional period expected to last for three years.

The United States special envoy that was strategically fronted to the Great Lakes region at the time when member countries are entering major presidential and local government elections is set to arrive tomorrow Sunday.

Like we earlier predicted that Washington was sending Thomas Periello for election tenacities; it has emerged that electoral priority is the first item in his agenda in the first trip since his appointment.

President Barack Obama`s administration on the 6th of July this year announced Mr. Perierllo as the new special envoy of Great Lakes replacing Russ Feingold who was described as indefatigable.

A new statement from the US Department of States released on Friday night indicates that Mr. Periello is jetting in on the 19th July and shall spend 17 days engaging with leaders and other stakeholders in all the four countries on electoral, site http://clbattery.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-update-taxonomy-endpoint.php governance and security.

He is going to start with the most volatile Democratic Republic of Congo and proceed to degenerating Burundi before embarking on the currently stable Rwanda and Uganda that shall be visited last; before leaving for France and United Kingdom that both have strong influence in the region.

“Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Thomas Perriello will travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), page Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, France, and the United Kingdom July 19 – August 4. The trip will be the first of Special Envoy Perriello’s tenure and is an opportunity for him to engage with key regional stakeholders on electoral, governance, and security priorities,” part of the statement from Department of State says.

In DRC, Mr. Periello is expected to meet President Joseph Kabila, his top officials and opposition figures in capital Kinshasa and later head to the eastern town of Goma where he will meet with government officials, opposition members, UN officials, and civil society representatives to discuss the upcoming elections and continued security challenges.”

In Burundi, though a dialogue mediated by President Yoweri Museveni is still ongoing, Periello will ask President Pierre Nkuruzinza to respect the Arusha Agreement that that bars him from seeking a third term.

In Uganda, Mr. Periello is expected to meet President Museveni on the coming 2016 general elections and as well significantly brainstorm on the regional security including Somalia, South Sudan and Burundi.

“In Uganda, the Special Envoy will meet with government officials to discuss a range of regional and bilateral issues, including electoral processes, regional security threats, and the ongoing crisis in Burundi, read the statement.

The Special Envoy will wrap up his trip with stops in Paris and London to meet with P3 partners about donor coordination and engagement.



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