South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit speaking during Sudan Peace Talk in Juba in February 20, 2023. (Courtesy photo)

South Sudan’s Kiir invites Sudan peace signatories for talks

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has extended an invitation to the signatories of the Juba peace agreement. The purpose of this invitation is to discussions and explore avenues to bring an end to the persisting conflict in Sudan.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has extended an invitation to the signatories of the Juba peace agreement. The purpose of this invitation is to discussions and explore avenues to bring an end to the persisting conflict in Sudan.

The Juba Peace Agreement was signed in Juba under the auspices of President Kiir on Oct. 3, 2020 between the Sudanese government and 14 signatories. Chad, United Arab Emirates and IGAD are the guarantors, while Egypt and Qatar are witnesses to the peace deal.

The peace agreement covers a number of issues, from land ownership, reparations and compensation, to wealth and power sharing and the return of refugees and internally displaced people. The former rebel groups are to be dismantled and incorporated into joint units with the national armed forces.

Nimir Mohammed Abdel Rahman, the governor of Sudan’s North Darfur State, told Radio Tamazuj on Thursday that they have been officially invited by the South Sudanese government to participate in a meeting scheduled for Saturday, October 21st.

Governor Abdel Rahman elaborated on the objectives of this consultative meeting and said:” The consultative meeting is aimed at exchanging views on the fate of the Juba peace agreement and seeking ways to resolve the ongoing war in Sudan.”

The governor expressed optimism about President Kiir’s role in the meeting, remarking, “I am sure President Kiir has a lot to offer during the meeting.” He also emphasized the broader objectives, saying, “This is part of seeking support for various initiatives and finding amicable solutions to the ongoing war in Sudan.”

Additionally, Governor Abdel Rahman suggested that the meeting should involve guarantors and witnesses to the Juba peace agreement, enabling them to share their perspectives and propose enhanced strategies for the implementation of the Juba peace agreement and the resolution of conflicts in Sudan.

He stressed the importance of their engagement, noting, “We want them to take their responsibility seriously towards the full implementation of the Juba peace agreement.”

The Sudanese official affirmed their commitment as signatories to the Juba peace agreement to positively respond to the invitation and participate in the anticipated consultative meeting in Juba on Saturday.