UK Ambassador to South Sudan disturbs by lack of implementation of the peace agreement

Sep 5, 2020(Nyamilepedia) —  Frustrated by partial implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement, the Agreement of the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, the United Kingdoms Ambassador to South Sudan, Chris Trott, calls on the South Sudanese stakeholders to implement the peace agreement in letter and spirit.

UK Ambassador to South Sudan, Chris Trott, wades in flood waters during his visit to Pibor on Wednesday, November 6, 2019(Photo credit: Nyamilepedia/supplied)

According to the implementation matrix of the peace agreement more than two third(2/3) of the peace pack should have been implemented by now; however, the parties are yet to implement an eighth(1/8) of the deal.

Speaking to media in Juba, South Sudan, the UK Ambassador underscores that the parties have not implemented the most important protocols that should have been implemented by now and that hinders delivery of services, provision of security and even investment in the world’s newest country.

“We are now nearly 2 years since the signing of the peace agreement,” said Ambassador Chris Trott.

“For us as partners of South Sudan, when we are working on education [or] health, we need to work with state-level administration, we need to work with state Ministers of Education and Health, and these people haven’t been there since March,” Amb. Trott said while Speaking to Eye Radio.

Particularly, Amb. Trott emphasizes that the parties should have at least established a Revitalized Transitional Legislative Assembly or Revitalized parliament, adopt a new revitalized constitution, form the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity, State and Local governments.

“There should be a revitalized parliament in place, appointments of all the political appointees, we still haven’t had the graduation of any of the necessary unified forces who have been in training since March,” Amb. Christ Trott said.

Many political analysts, oppositions and intellectuals agree with Chris Trott on lack of progress on peace implementation but who should be blamed remains a question to be settled.

Opposition leaders like Dr. Lam Akol have blamed the lack of implementation of the peace agreement on President Salva Kiir, who has an upper hand in this implementation, but the government blames the oppositions.

While the R-ARCISS will hit its second anniversary next Saturday, September 12, 2020, the parties are yet to train and graduate unified forces, establish state and local government, appoint a governor for Upper Nile State, reform economic sector, form a new parliament, adopt a new constitution, rehabilitate civilian sites and resettle IDPs and refugees .

It remains to be seen if the parties will eventually implement any of these protocols within the remaining period of one year; however, the United Nations has begin to withdraw its peacekeepers – leaving security and responsibility of the vulnerable IDPs in the hands of the government.

Despite lack of political will among the parties South Sudan government has recently announced that the country has run out of foreign reserves making it even harder to save the economy from collapsing.

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