Trump administration urged to pressure South Sudan on peace implementation

US President Donald J. Trump (Credit: Reuters)

November 6th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – The Trump administration has been urged to pressure South Sudan parties to implement the needed provisions of the revitalized peace agreement in forming a unity government.

This came at a time when the country is facing a deadline for a unity government formation next week.

The parties to the revitalized peace agreement are required by the agreement – based on a May extension – to form what would be the Reconstituted Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) by November 12th which is just less than a week away.

The international and regional community is concerned after President Salva Kiir Mayardit threatened last September that he will form the government by 12th November even if that would mean the exclusion of important signatories to the agreement such as SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar.

Machar – an effective figure in the country’s ongoing war politics – said in October that he will opt out of the would-be unity government Kiir said he would form even without him if important provisions of the agreement are not implemented.

A United Nations Security Council (UNSC) delegation in Juba at the time asked the parties to form the government on time but to expedite the implementation of the outstanding issues such as the formation of a unified army, police and national security.

The parties were also told to determine the number and boundaries of states which has since 2016 been a sticking point to the parties who were negotiating in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

The Refugee International organization has asked the Trump administration to pressure South Sudan parties to implement the provisions of the revitalized peace agreement as the parties are facing the next week deadline.

“U.S. engagement is needed more than ever to build momentum toward peace leading up to November 12 and beyond,” the organization said in a statement seen by the Nyamilepedia.

“In just one week, South Sudan will face a deadline to form a transitional government. But South Sudan’s leaders have failed to implement key aspects of last year’s peace agreement.”

“Without that pressure, South Sudan’s leaders will continue to drag their feet on the peace process, making violence more likely.”

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