The international advocates, whatever their intentions, friends or enemies, have intervened in the conflict very late. This peace deal has been a hard work of nearly five years, in the midst of serious difficulties. This peace process started in January 2014, that is, people of South Sudan were almost exhausted and at the edge of hopelessness to stop the war.

The advocates, so-called, have come late. The countries they have mentioned in their letter, are the very members of the Regional Bloc: The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) who had been shuttling among the South Sudanese warring parties, the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), represented by the UNMISS on the ground in South Sudan. Thus Uganda, Sudan, and Ethiopia are part and parcel of the Revitalized Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) because they have signed the R-ARCSS as guarantors, so their responsibility is determined by the R-ARCSS and supported by all the parties in the R-ARCSS.

In my legal opinion, Uganda, Sudan, and Ethiopia are not in anyway, violating the sovereignty of the Republic of South Sudan. The Agreement is signed. There is no article of the R-ARCSS that authorizes renegotiation in retrospect. We invite all peace-loving people of the world to support the R-ARCSS for humanitarian reasons, if not political. The letter should be ignored

 

-By Aldo Ajou Deng

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