South Sudan Accuses ‘Troika’ of Controlling Peace Process

JUBA South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei has lashed out at the United States, Britain, and Norway, accusing them of controlling South Sudan’s peace process.

Speaking Wednesday in Juba, Makuei said the East Africa bloc IGAD, the official mediator of the process, is not truly running the high-level forum in Addis Ababa aimed at reviving a collapsed 2015 peace deal.

He said the agenda is dictated by the United States, Britain and Norway, known as the Troika countries. Troika and the EU, who are funding the peace process, are actually the ones in the driving seat because he who pays the piper calls the tune,” Makuei said.

IGAD officials did not respond to calls from VOA for comment.

South Sudan has been mired in conflict between President Salva Kiir’s government forces and rebel groups since December 2013. Violence has displaced about four million people and left much of the country in a humanitarian emergency.

Makuei also said the Kiir adminstration rejects an IGAD proposal of having four vice presidents in a transitional government and a proposal to dissolve certain government institutions and establish new ones.

South Sudan is not a test case where [you can] bring any principle and come and test here,” he said. “South Sudan is not a company, so that power sharing is 51- 49 percent. South Sudan is a sovereign state and it has the right to decide on its own issues and nobody from outside will ever come and impose on us whatever he thinks, Makuei said.

Source: Voice of America