Cirillo accepts initialled peace deal 'with reservations'
The opposition National Salvation Front (NAS) led by General Thomas Cirillo said it has accepted the latest draft of the peace deal initialled on Thursday in Khartoum.
The group, which is a member of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), refused to initial the final document for peace due to unresolved questions over federalism. It stressed that the final text of the pact is a recipe for more conflict.
But Jalpan Samson Oyai, a member of the NAS negotiating team, told Radio Tamazuj today that they have decided to accept the latest draft of the peace deal after the Sudanese mediation team had promised to refer their reservations to the IGAD summit for further talks.
“The peace agreement was initialled by SSOA after assurances given by the mediator. Our concerns will be referred to IGAD,” he said.
“NAS agrees with most of the reservations listed by SSOA. If those reservations are not addressed, we will not be part of the final peace agreement,” he stressed.
Jalpan revealed that the negotiating team of the National Salvation Front (NAS) led by General Thomas Cirillo is part of the ongoing discussions on the implementation matrix in Khartoum.