TROIKA Welcomes South Sudan Peace With Reservations

Representatives of the TROIKA member countries (File photo)

Representatives of the TROIKA member countries (photo: file)

Aug 10, 2018(Nyamilepedia) —– Latest reports from the U.S. department of State confirmed that the United States, United Kingdom and Norway, which makes up the TROIKA, are concerned that the new South Sudan Security and Governance arrangements, signed in Khartoum-Sudan on August 5th, 2018, are not realistic and sustainable.

“The members of the Troika (the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway) support the engagement of the region in the recent Khartoum-based negotiations on outstanding governance and security issues. We acknowledge the role of Sudan in hosting these negotiations.” Reads part of a report released by the Spokesperson of the U.S Department of State.

“Considerable challenges lie ahead, and we are concerned that the arrangements agreed to date are not realistic or sustainable. Given their past leadership failures, South Sudanese leaders will need to behave differently and demonstrate commitment to peace and good governance.” The Statement adds.

Despite the challenges that lie ahead, the United States promise to continue supporting the people of South Sudan’s aspirations to lead lives without being burdened by fear and to experience peace, pluralism and prosperity.

“We remain steadfast that the best hope for sustainable peace is a process inclusive of ordinary men and women, civil society, religious leaders, ethnic minorities, and other excluded groups.” The statement continued.

The TROIKA calls on mediators to ensure inclusive participation from all stakeholders and to ensure that the transition period leads to free, fair and credible elections.

“We urge mediators to ensure the open and free participation of these groups and other participants in the negotiations, to ensure their interests are fully protected. Moreover, the process should culminate in free, fair, and credible elections, and allow for a peaceful transition in leadership in the most expeditious and responsible manner.”  The TROIKA demands.

“During the next stage of the talks, parties must bring in a wider range of stakeholders, and develop clear plans for the transition period, including how resources will be used in a transparent and accountable way for the benefit of all South Sudanese. Critical questions remain, such as how security will be provided in Juba during the transition period and how meaningful checks will be placed on executive power.” The TROIKA directs mediators.

The TROIKA also warns the warring parties to develop clear and realistic governance and security timelines and plans for the transition period.

The TROIKA further callls on the Intergovernmental Authority on Development member states and the AU to continue and intensify their involvement in the implementation phase of any agreement.

Despite reduction in fighting on the ground, U.S demands that the region must ensure the recently imposed UNSC arms embargo be enforced to further reduce flow of weapons into South Sudan.

“Sustained peace is a necessary condition for the legitimacy of a transitional arrangement. In furtherance of this, we call on our regional partners to uphold the United Nations Security Council arms embargo and on their financial institutions to ensure that the proceeds from corrupt and war-making activities do not flow through their jurisdictions.” the TROIKA reiterates.

“We now expect to see a change in the situation on the ground, beginning with a further significant reduction in violence, and all parties taking measures to allow full humanitarian access.” The TROIKA statement concludes