Rome peace talks limping to breakdown-Analyst

By Ephraim Modi Duku Sokiri

Since President Salva Kiir Mayardit declared the government’s re-engagement in the peace process early this year with the hold out non-signatories’ group of Paul Malong, Thomas Cirilo and Pagan Amun, the peace talk seems to be deficient.

Just after the talks resumed, the parties have only met once and failed to agree on a number of outstanding issues, since then, the talks have been postponed for a later date.

Mr. James Boboya, a political analyst hinted there is a possible breakdown of the Rome peace talks as both sides play hard on their own interest.

“Any peace agreement process that is made by South Sudanese themselves, is not going to materialize, South Sudan government acts when there is a pressure and that pressure must bepractical,” he said in exclusive interview with No.1 Citizen Daily Newspaper.

“In South Sudan, the government officials believe on immediate consequences for them to act swiftly.”

However, subsequently the community of Sant’Egidio in Rome, Italy deferred the peace sitting between the worrying parties to May, 2023. The political analyst has also reflected that all the principals to the peace initiative are using it as a way to equip themselves better.

“There is proxy plantation and there is also delaying tactics and the majority of the wrong guys be it Paul Malong, Thomas Cirilo and Pagan Amun also want to use the Rome peace process as a livelihood to survive to get access to money,” he echoed.

“This peace agreement is led by the church, is …softer, the issue here is that the government wants to use this long peace talk to just buy time.”

The analyst also stressed that the leaders are currently focused on elections and there is no sign of revoking into this agreement.

“There is no conversation of how that peace agreement is going to affect the road. The conversation in town is about elections,” said Mr. Boboya.

He further emphasized that the peace charter for forgiveness and reconciliation draws upon values, stories and examples from the president to be developed in the hearts of the leaders to yield fruitful results if peace is to be attained.

“President Kiir talked about peace, reconciliation and forgiveness. They should use the same mechanism to say please we were hardening in this position but now we are softening in this position, come back,” he highlighted.

It is being evidenced that if an agreement is being signed and put into actions, the power sharing take shape, which looks the same to the Rome agreement and the political analyst has also coded on the same that any agreement in the country is eyeing at the command center.

“Every agreement in South Sudan is about power-sharing, who are you going to displace right now because if you talk about power sharing then you have to expand the government,” he noted.

Henceforth, it is to be noted that the worrying principles are yet to respond into this.

Meanwhile, the National Salvation Front and South Sudan United Front of Paul Malong earlier this year bitterly refuted accusations from Juba that they have been buying time to prepare for war.

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