News / Africa

South Sudan Opposition Leader Calls Deal 'Pie Shell' Agreement

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Sudan President Omar al-Bashir take part in signing ceremony in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Sudan President Omar al-Bashir take part in signing ceremony in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
x
South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Sudan President Omar al-Bashir take part in signing ceremony in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Sudan President Omar al-Bashir take part in signing ceremony in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
TEXT SIZE - +
Charlton Doki
The minority leader in South Sudan’s parliament, Onyoti Adigo Nyikwac, is embracing the deal announced Thursday between Sudan and South Sudan.

Nyikwac said it will build the trust and confidence that the two parties badly need in order to resolve remaining issues. But at the same time, he urged the ruling parties in Juba and Khartoum to include opposition parties in future talks, asserting that those unresolved issues will affect all South Sudanese people.
 
“The agreement is a step forward although it is a pie shell agreement," Nyikwac said. "My concern is the implementation of the agreements.”
 
The agreements focus on a new, demilitarized buffer zone and oil production.  But the two sides made no progress on the disputed Abyei region located along the border of Sudan and South Sudan. And no accord was reached on oil-rich Heglig, over which the two sides clashed in April.
 
Nyikwac said the two issues left unresolved are key to a lasting peace.
 
“The borders issue and the Abyei issue [are] paramount, but what is most important is political commitment,” Nyikwac said. “The NCP [National Congress Party] and the SPLM [Sudanese People's Liberation Movement] were bitter enemies at the negotiations, but if they would have involved other political parties - because these are election issues - we would have been cheered by all the people.”
 
For example, Nyikwac said, South Sudan has offered Sudan $3.3 billion over two years for compensation in lost oil revenue. He argued that the opposition parties would have “raised South Sudan up,” by building schools, by providing good services, and making hydroelectric power.
 
“I think that is a very big amount of money,” Nyikwac said.
 
But Nyikwac acknowledges that South Sudan had to sign an agreement with Sudan in order to right its economy. He said they also signed a deal because of pressure from the international community, noting that if they did not, both Sudan and South Sudan faced sanctions.
 
“It is in favor of two countries to agree so that oil can start flowing again so that it will better their economic situations,” Nyikwac said.

South Sudan Parliament Minority Leader Onyoti Adigo Nyikwac with Charlton Doki
Reaction to Sudan - South Sudan Oil Deal, South Sudan Minority Leader Onyoti Adigo Nyikwaci
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

You May Like

Abuja Blast Impacts Lives, Livelihoods

Officials say they are looking at ways to help bombing victims and boosting security More

Cambodia Technology Adviser Criticizes Cybercrime Draft Law

Phu Leewood says current criminal code can be used to prosecute offenders and that there is no need for a separate law More

Photogallery A Year Later, Boston Remembers Deadly Marathon Bombings

City pauses to honor victims and salute emergency workers who came to their assistance in frantic moments after blasts More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Arok Macur Thon Arok from: Juba, South Sudan
September 28, 2012 12:02 PM
I think the two sides did not do anything they left the key problems and singed to please the UN and others . But there is still problems this is not the end.

In Response

by: nizar from: sudan
October 01, 2012 2:51 PM
Mr arock let us know what is the key problem that the tow opposition group do not touch ..i think the desire in peace process will pave the way to over come the other problem let us try

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Google Buys Drone Companyi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
George Putic
April 15, 2014
In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Ray Bonneville Sings the Blues and More on New CD

Singer/songwriter Ray Bonneville has released a new CD called “Easy Gone” with music that reflects his musical and personal journey from French-speaking Canada to his current home in Austin,Texas. The eclectic artist’s fan base extends from Texas to various parts of North America and Europe. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin.
Video

Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.
Video

Video Passover Celebrates Liberation from Bondage

Jewish people around the world are celebrating Passover, a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in Egypt more than 3,300 years ago. According to scripture, God helped the Jews, led by Moses, escape bondage in Egypt and cross the Red Sea into the desert. Zlatica Hoke reports that the story of the Jewish Exodus resonates with other people trying to escape slave-like conditions.
Video

Video Police Pursue Hate Crime Charges Against Kansas Shooting Suspect

Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri that left three people dead. A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, he was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.
Video

Video In Eastern Ukraine, Pro-unity Activists Emerge from Shadows

Amid the pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine, there is a large body of activists who support Ukrainian unity and reject Russian intervention. Their activities have remained largely underground, but they are preparing to take on their pro-Moscow opponents, as Henry Ridgwell reports from the eastern city of Donetsk.
Video

Video Basket Maker’s Skills Have World Reach

A prestigious craft show in the U.S. capital offers one-of-a-kind creations by more than 120 artists working in a variety of media. As VOA’s Julie Taboh reports from Washington, one artist lucky enough to be selected says sharing her skills with women overseas is just as significant.
Video

Video UN Report Urges Speedier Action to Avoid Climate Disaster

A new United Nations report says the world must switch from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources to control the effects of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report (Sunday) following a meeting of scientists and government representatives in Berlin. The comprehensive review follows two recent IPCC reports that detail the certainty of climate change, its impacts and in this most recent report what to do about it. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the details.
AppleAndroid