Rome talks adjourned indefinitely, cessation of hostilities and declaration of principles not signed

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Monday October 12, 2020

Signing of COHA and declaration of principles ( DOP) adjourned to a later date
South Sudan government – SSOMA peace negotiations in Rome end without signing any agreement.

Cessation of Hostilities’ Agreement(COHA) has only been agreed on and initialed by the parties the two parties.
While its signing is differed to 13th November, 2020 when the same parties reconvene and tied to DOP-ten-point document for further discussion by the rival parties.

Two of those points objected to by the government are referendum and borders and boundaries as stood on 1/1/1956.

Point-3 of the DOP – Declaration Of Principles and its section C: talks of subjection of the draft constitution to referendum, which government rejected , saying it should be the yet to be reconstituted Revitalized National Assembly to handle the matter without referring it to the plebiscite.

By insisting on transitional national parliament, government knows it has the majority of MPs and money to compromise some opposition MPs to circumvent the popular will.
Point-8 is the government’s opposition to the mention that borders and boundaries of South Sudan shall be as of 1/1/1956.

By rejecting this proposal, government still has the unethical mission of either re-instating its defunct 32 states or conquering more communal lands from politically incorrect ethnic groups and handing them over to more favored ones.

Deng Vanang is the official Spokesman of SSOMA’s Rome delegation

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