By Mohammed Amin
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AA) – A long-awaited power-sharing deal to put an end to South Sudan’s five-year civil war will be signed on Sunday in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, Sudan’s foreign minister said on Saturday.
The deal also includes the governance of South Sudan and security arrangements that will make the cease-fire permanent, Aldirdiri Mohamed Ahmed told reporters.
“Tomorrow, Aug. 5 we will witness the signing of an agreement on governance and power-sharing between the different parties of South Sudan,” he said.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, opposition leader and Kiir’s former vice president, will attend the signing ceremony alongside many regional leaders and representatives of the international community.
Sudan will pass the baton to Kenya to lead the third and final round of peace talks, said Ahmed.
“We hand over proudly after finishing all the outstanding issues that IGAD [the Intergovernmental Authority on Development trade bloc] has referred to us and we also wish our Kenyan colleagues all the best in the issues that are now been referred to them,” he added.
South Sudan opposition parties of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) and other factions have refused to sign the deal over power-sharing disputes at the state level.
Khartoum has led mediation of the South Sudan peace since June of 2017.