EU diplomat welcomes consensus on extension of pre-transitional period

EU ambassador to South Sudan, Dr. Sinead Walsh (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

May 10th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) –A European Union (EU) diplomat in South Sudan has welcomed the consensus by South Sudan parties over the extension of the pre-transitional period to allow for more work on pre-transitional activities.

South Sudan government and opposition groups last year signed a peace pact known as ‘Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, or R-ARCSS, to end the five-year old brutal civil war, which has killed thousands and displaced millions.

Last week, the parties to the Addis Ababa agreement met in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and agreed to extend the pre-transitional period for six months.

On Friday, the EU ambassador to South Sudan, Dr. Sinead Walsh, said, according to the Eye Radio, she welcomes the consensus by the parties to the agreement on the extension of the pre-transitional period.

“We welcome the fact there is a consensus on what to do next…it is not unusual for peace agreements to have delays…it is not easy. I have this experience from my own country [Ireland]. We hope that kind of spirit as well as an increase in political will, and financing and so on, will really help the next six months be very productive,” Walsh said.

She further expressed her happiness on the progress made so far in the implementation of the peace agreement saying members of the EU missions in South Sudan can move to places, which were not accessible prior to the signing of the deal in September 2018.