Government of South Sudan: New Peace Agreement Welcomed with Caution

The new peace agreement signed Wednesday 12 September by president Salva Kiir and Riek Machar rebel leader is welcomed with a mixture of caution and skepticism, both in the country and the international community.

South Sudan census in the streets of the capital Juba, many southerners felt the urge to celebrate the agreement signed the day before in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For those who have experienced some of the fiercest fightings early in the war, and then again in July 2016, when the final peace agreement has been shattered, the trust is broken with the signatories of the agreement.Obtained at the end of a long process of ‘renewal’ under the aegis of the regional organization Igad (Intergovernmental Authority for Development), the new agreement is the result of intense diplomatic pressure.