Peace in South Sudan : A final peace signed at John Garang Mausoleum
South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar took part in a ceremony on Wednesday October 31, 2018, in Juba, celebrating the signing of a new peace agreement in South Sudan, which is being implemented at short notice. Mr. Machar to return to his former position as Vice President under this agreement. The leader of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), who arrived in the morning from Khartoum, attended the ceremony alongside his personal enemy, President Salva Kiir.
The two rivals signed, under international pressure, a peace agreement on September 12 in Addis Ababa, supposed to end nearly five years of a devastating civil war for the youngest country in the world.
With the signing of the peace agreement, it was agreed to hold a peace ceremony in Juba, in the presence of the heads of state of the region. Sudanese Presidents Omar al-Bashir, Somali Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Ugandan Yoweri Museveni were present in Juba, as well as the new Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde.
The ceremony took place at the John Garang Mausoleum, the leader of the war of independence against Sudan, in the presence of several thousand spectators.
David Shearer, head of the UN mission in South Sudan (Minuss), saw in the presence of both sides a "public sign of unity that sends the strong message to the citizens of this country their leaders are genuinely committed to put an end to suffering and build lasting peace. "
We learn from Sudanese sources that Riek Machar returned to Khartoum immediately after the end of the ceremony. One of its spokesmen, Lam Paul Gabriel, told Tuesday the press, fears that animated them for his safety.
This departure will continue to fuel doubt.