The Future of South Sudan and the Peace Agreement
Aly Verjee, Acting Chief of Staff in the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission for the Peace Agreement (2015-16)
Chair: Dame Rosalind Marsden, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
During fighting in Juba in July 2016, South Sudan’s First Vice President Riek Machar - who had been persuaded to return to Juba to join the transitional national unity government - fled the country for Khartoum, where his supporters called for armed popular resistance against the Juba Government.
Increasing reports of violence and localized conflict in various parts of the country, including the Equatorias had been reported, amid concern that large-scale armed conflict could erupt again at the end of the rainy season.
These developments have thrown the very essence of the August 2015 peace agreement into question, as President Salva Kiir’s government has consolidated its political power, split the main political opposition and is in full military control of Juba.
At this event, the speaker discusses what options there are to find a political solution that would enable the South Sudanese people to embark on a path of inclusive dialogue, peace and reconciliation.