US, UK and Norway pledge to support South Sudan’s unity government

The president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, right, and Dr. Riek Machar, left, greet each other after swearing in ceremony in Juba, South Sudan Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. South Sudan opened a new chapter in its fragile emergence from civil war Saturday as rival leaders formed a coalition government that many observers prayed would last this time around. (AP Photo)

February 24th 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – The Troika countries (United States, United Kingdom and Norway) have welcomed the decision of South Sudan’s parties to the revitalized peace agreement to form the long-awaited unity government saying they would work with regional and international partners to support the new government.

President Salva Kiir and opposition leader – now first vice president – Dr. Riek Machar Teny, agreed to compromise on a number of issues and form what is the Reconstituted Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU), a move seen by many as a concrete step toward the end of the six-year civil war.

“The Troika congratulates the people of South Sudan and the parties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) on the announcement of the formation of an inclusive transitional government on February 22,” the Troika said in a statement seen by Nyamilepedia on Monday.

“We welcome the fact that the government and opposition parties have made the necessary compromises to allow this important step. For the transitional period to be a success, a spirit of continuous collaboration, supported by the active, engaged, and free voices of citizens and civil society, must continue,” they added in the statement.

The powerful countries and main South Sudan donors said the the formation of the unity government was “an opportunity for the political leadership to take their country forward towards prosperity and peace by making meaningful progress on security sector arrangements, the reform agenda, transitional justice and accountability.”

“The Troika commends the work of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) as a guarantor of the R-ARCSS. We are committed to working with the new transitional government, IGAD, and other regional and international partners to support the people of South Sudan in their pursuit of peace and stability,” they added.

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