South Sudan Peace Agreement 2018
But all of a sudden, and without much construction, these enemies, tried in battle, went to each other during the peace ceremony, shaking hands and smiling. Such measures are cause for optimism because they indicate that the government of South Sudan is finally committed to creating a functioning republic. So far, Mr. Kiir and Mr. Machar have shown that they are ready to act responsibly in the successful implementation of the peace process. Jacob Bul, co-founder of a South Sudanese artists` collective called Ana Taban, or I`m Tired, said the country needed a peace agreement that represents the interests of all South Sudanese, not the interests of a few. “The eyes of the world are on us as South Sudan`s leaders commit today to push for reconciliation and lasting peace in their country,” Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said before the signing. Aid workers in South Sudan are skeptical of the meaning of the agreement. Elysia Buchanan, who advises humanitarian organization Oxfam on South Sudan issues, said Oxfam had recently heard reports of victims of abuse by the warring parties. “We are concerned about his safety in Juba, but the truth is that we are for peace, and what we are trying to do is build trust. That`s why he`s able to leave his troops behind and simply leave with politicians,” said Lam Paul Gabriel, a spokesman for Machar`s SPLM rebel group.
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir signed a peace agreement with the main rebel leader, Riek Machar, on Wednesday, officially ending a five-year war that has killed tens of thousands. David Shearer, head of the UN MISSION in South Sudan, reacted cautiously to Wednesday`s agreement. But Endley had only been in Juba weeks when he saw the collapse of the 2016 peace agreement and saw Machar exiled from the capital. Civil society activists who participated in the peace process were intimidated and threatened. In June, one activist was threatened by a government official in Addis and another was monitored. Similarly, four activists in exile in neighbouring countries reported being intimidated, threatened and monitored by the authorities.