SPLM-IO blames IGAD, lack of funds for delaying South Sudan peace implementation

South Sudan’s FVP designate, Dr. Riek Machar, President Salva Kiir, and Gen. Peter Gatdet Yaka signing a then preliminary peace deal in Khartoum on August 5, 2018 (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

December 13th, 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) on Thursday blamed the regional body, IGAD, and lack of fund for delaying the implementation of the revitalized peace deal signed in September by the government and opposition groups.

According to the agreement,  pre-transitional activities are supposed to be in place not later than eight months from the signing of the agreement.

Currently, two border committees provided for in the agreement and which are supposed to be formed two weeks after the signing of the agreement has not been formed. The amalgamation process of forces has not yet taken place and as such,  it is unclear whether the remaining period will cover all these activities.

In an exclusive interview with the Nyamilepedia on Thursday,  the SPLM-IO Director of Information Pouk Both Baluang blamed a lack of funds and IGAD deployment to the process.

“We are too far behind on implementing the articles of R-ARCSS as it been articulated in the matrix particularly during the pre-transition period due to some major reasons such as lack of funds, the unduly delaying from the IGAD on the formation of TBC and IBC,” he said.

Baluang further blamed “the non-adherence of the Government of South Sudan to an agreement on Cessation of hostilities and releasing the POW, abductees and political detainees and so on and so forth.”

The SPLM-IO official, however, said he believes the parties could achieve most of the work before the eight-month period if there is a commitment from all sides and there funding to do the process.

“However I believe if the parties are committed to implementing the R-ARCSS in letter and terms besides providing the necessary funds for it, we could achieve at least half of the points of the Pre-transitional on time,” he added