International community urged to fund South Sudan peace implementation

South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir (R) shaking hand with First Vice President designate Dr. Riek Machar Teny (L) in Addis Ababa after signing the revitalized agreement (File photo)

September 16th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan government has been urged to fund the South Sudan’s revitalized peace agreement signed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa by President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon.

South Sudan government on Wednesday signed the long-awaited revitalized agreement in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa with armed opposition groups including the SPLM-IO led by the country’s former First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon among other opposition leaders.

The South Sudan Opposition Alliance which is divided on the agreement also signed the deal although some of its members decided to abstain from signing the agreement citing lack of commitment from the mediators to address most contentious issues including the issue of the number of the states.

In a statement issued on Saturday and extended to the Nyamilepedia, the International Youth for Africa, a non-profit human rights organization urged the international community urged to support and fund the implementation of the deal.

“The International Youth for Africa urge the international community to fund the peace for the smooth implementation of peace agreement for those 36 months. Troika like; UA, UK, Norway and government and SPLM-IO shall speed up the process of voluntary repatriation, rehabilitation and resettlement of all returnees including refugees and IDPs in the neighboring countries,” the Executive director of the organization, Ter Manyang Gatwich said in a statement.

He said the agreement without international support will mean nothing in practice urging the South Sudan government to release political detainees as provided for in the permanent ceasefire agreement signed in June by opposition groups.