Troika urges Kiir, Machar to form state governments

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)

June 9, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – The Troika has urged South Sudan parties to form the long-awaited state governments saying the power vacuum created by absence of state governments is resulting in increased intercommunal conflicts.

The parties to the revitalized peace deal are having differences on the allocation of states with key signatories to the revitalized peace agreement – notably the parties headed by President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar – fighting over key states.

In a statement this afternoon, the Troika which includes the US, UK and Norway, said it was concerned about the increased violence at the states levels which they said was results of the power vacuum imposed by the absence of states leadership.

“We are deeply concerned at the increased levels of violence across South Sudan. This causes immense suffering for the people of South Sudan, puts in jeopardy any gains that have been made, and has implications across the region. In Jonglei, the vacuum created by the lack of governance has exacerbated cycles of intercommunal violence,” the Troika said in the statement seen by Nyamilepedia.

“Now is the moment for the President and Vice Presidents, supported by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and the guarantors of the peace agreement, to agree on the selection of governors and to move forward to govern together for the benefit of the people of South Sudan,” it added.

It further concluded that further delays would create “uncertainty that undermines the transition process, slows the fight against COVID-19, and holds back efforts to end the violence that now threatens the hard-won peace.”

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