Absence of ‘political will, trust deficit and lack of funding’ hampering peace implementation – envoys

Regional envoys meeting in Djibouti (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

October 30th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – Regional and International Envoys who were meeting in Djibouti during last weekend have concluded that lack of political will, trust deficit and lack of funding is hampering the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.

South Sudan government and opposition groups signed a revitalized version of a 2015 peace agreement to end the ongoing civil war which has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions to internal and external UN sites.

The 2018 agreement provided for the unification of the rivals forces and form a unified professional army, police and national security service.

According to the agreement, the parties must canton and assemble their forces for screening and registration in preparation for unification.

However, that process is now behind schedule as a November deadline in which the parties are required by the agreement to form a revitalized unity government is less than two weeks away.

In a communique issued from Djibouti on Monday, the ‘regional and international envoys’ said lack of trust, political will and reluctance to fund the implementation of the security arrangement as well as resolving the dispute on the number and boundaries of states is hampering the peace process.

[The envoys] observed that the lack of political will, trust deficit and lack of funding are persistent challenges hampering implementation,” they said in the statement extended to the Nyamilepedia.

The statement further urged the government of President Salva Kiir Mayardit to disburse the remaining balance of the $100 million it pledged in May to the NPTC [National Pre-Transitional Committee] for implementation of the security arrangement.

Government should immediately release the balance of USD 100 million that it pledged in May 2019, and put in place mechanisms for a transparent and accountable management of the funds,” the statement further said.

It added. “[The] R-JMEC and CTSAMVM to be strengthened to be able to better monitor and assess the situation on the ground.”

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