South Sudan peace process has not been implemented accordingly: Sudanese president warns
11, February 2017 (Nyamilepedia) — Sudanese President Omer Al-bashir has expressed disappointment that the South Sudan peace agreement have not been implemented accordingly as was signed by Dr Riek and Silva Kiir in Addis Ababa.
In an exclusive interview with Dubai based Al-Arabiya news channel, the Sudanese president warned that peace cannot be achieved in South Sudan if Dr Riek is not part of the process as he was the main leader and signatory to the peace agreement, warning that Machar still has a major popular and military backing inside South Sudan.
“we are part of IGAD which mediated the peace agreement, but with all due regrets, the peace agreement has not been implemented accordingly as we expected” President Bashir said on Al-Arabiya
Al Bashir said the current turmoil in South Sudan was not a surprise as he had already known about the situation in South Sudan in details before the country separated from Sudan.
“However stability of South Sudan is an important to us in (Sudan)”
The president said he feels he has a major responsibility to help restore peace and stability in South Sudan as instability in South Sudan does affect Sudan.
“The situation in South Sudan is unmeasurable too bad, as a former President of the whole of Sudan I feel I have a moral responsibility towards the South Sudanese population as they were former citizens of Sudan, we were one country for more than hundred of years”
Bashir said South Sudanese are not considered as refugees or foreigners in Sudan.
The President said thousands of South Sudanese were fleeing the conflict and entering Sudan but he has directed Sudanese authorities to receive them and treat them as Sudanese citizens because he considered Sudanese (north and south) as same citizens in two countries.
When asked what he thinks as a member of IGAD of the current peace process and if it was working, Bashir said there was a sense that the process was not going well as the citizens or people in the opposition feel they do not have a genuine representation in the current process and this generates frustration and disturbance which would lead to an explosion.
“We had agreed as IGAD that the road-map for the peace agreement (ARCISS) should be allowed to be implemented, but there’s a big feeling that the peace process cannot go well without Riek Machar.
The Sudanese President said that armed opposition leader Riek Machar has to be part and parcel of the process for any meaningful peace to be achieved in South Sudan.
“Attempts to distance Machar from the peace process will not lead to peace (in South Sudan) , we are convinced Machar has to be part of the solution” President Bashir concluded