Trump Administration urges South Sudan gov’t to commit to peace process, condemns ‘illegal’ term extension

United States President Donald J. Trump (File photo

United States President Donald J. Trump (File photo

July 22nd 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – The United States government on Sunday urged the South Sudan government to reconsider the recent term extension and focus on the ongoing talks as a re-commitment to peace.

Last week, the South Sudan parliament voted to extend the term of President Salva Kiir and his government just after extending its own term in the same sitting.

The move was condemned by the world powers especially the troika, South Sudan’s peace guarantors.

” We urge the Government of South Sudan to commit fully to negotiations that are truly inclusive and result in a new, representative,and accountable transitional government that grants a meaningful voice and power in governance and security to civil society and opposition groups—including opposition groups that have not resorted to violence during the current conflict,” said a statement issued by the White House today.

The statement further condemned the government term extension made last week by the South Sudan parliament.

“Therefore, the United States condemns the legislative measure to extend unilaterally the government’s term in office,” further said the statement.

He said as a good gesture for peace, parties must implement in spirit the recently signed ceasefire agreement and those accused of violating the permanent ceasefire are also brought to book.

“As a first step, the parties to the conflict must implement the cessation of hostilities and ceasefire agreements they have signed. The violence must stop now, and the parties must be held accountable for violating these commitments. To alleviate the suffering of South Sudanese civilians, the United States welcomes the United Nations Security Council arms embargo, and we call on regional partners and United Nations member states to enforce fully this measure and to stem the flow of arms into South Sudan,” further said the statement.