Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Houston, we have a problem: CPA in trouble

Anyone living in Sudan knows that from the start. The Khartoum government will never be committed to whatever peace it signs.

Thus, Koffi Annan's Report to the UN on the poor state of implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) is not news. One year on, most aspects of the agreement remain on paper: Abyei is not tackled, oil sharing is still hidden in shroud in secrecy, government still holds back legislations for civil service employment and changes, emergency laws are still in place, government still maintains militias in South Sudan and have not completed the withdrawal of the SAF; the woes continue.

We in the South are at least happy that the guns have fallen silent. The government should not be allowed to abrogate on agreements signed. They have a history, like the Addis Ababa Accord of 1972, abrogated by Nimeri's government.

The SPLM should watch out. This should not be allowed to go on like that. Khartoum must be made to abide by the agreements fully.