South Sudan opposition alliance welcomes EU threats to impose further sanctions
May 2, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – A South Sudan holdout opposition alliance has welcomed a decision by the European Union (EU) to impose further sanctions on the world’s youngest nation should the parties fail to fulfil the implementation of the revitalized unity government.
“The National Alliance for Democracy And Freedom Action (South Sudan NADAFA) welcomes the EU General Council’s Declaration of 1st May 2020 on South Sudan and in particular the EU’s Council support for the peace process facilitated by the Community of Saint’Egidio to foster an inclusive dialogue with the non-signatories of R-ARCSS 2018,” a statement signed by Dr. Hakim Dario extended to Nyamilepedia partly read.
The statement empathized on its reservations in some provision of the revitalized peace agreement signed by President Salva Kiir Mayardit and many opposition groups in September 2018 saying it “have grave and fundamental reservations about R-ARCSS’s stipulations and provisions for the constitution-making process, which are executive led and not people-driven through a Constituent Assembly of the People’s representatives from greater Upper Nile, Equatoria, and Bahr al Ghazal regions of South Sudan, who would be selected through a People’s Constitutional Convention process and not appointees of SPLM-IO and SPLM-IG to the Transitional National Legislative Assembly as currently stipulated in the flawed R-ARCSS.”
“The Alliance, NADAFA further notes and welcomes the EU General Council’s Declaration for a democratic and transparent Constitution-Making process that is people-driven and which puts the people first, not the R-TGONU Executive appointees of SPLM to lead the constitution making process. The currently proposed TNLA will comprise SPLM appointees of the parties to the R-ARCSS (SPLM IG 330MPs, and 134 SPLM-IO MPs) who are not elected representatives of the people of South Sudan with a mandate to pass a new constitution for the country on the basis of which general election would be conducted to elect a new Government at end of the Transitional period.
“South Sudan NADAFA calls on the EU and its member states to stand with the people of South Sudan and support them facilitate People’s Constitutional Conventions in Upper Nile, Equatoria and Bahr al Ghazal regions in which they would select their representatives to both the Constituent Assembly and Legislative Assemblies.”