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South Sudan parties should meet before November 12th deadline – IGAD

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Dr/. Riek Machar (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)
South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Dr/. Riek Machar (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

October 29th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan parties to revitalized peace agreement should meet before the November 12th deadline, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) which mediated the 2018 peace agreement said on Monday.

Regional and International special envoys meeting in Djibouti discussed the implementation of South Sudan’s revitalized peace agreement and agreed to recommend that the peace parties in the world’s youngest nation meet before November 12th deadline.

Based on a May extension, South Sudan government and opposition groups are required to form a Reconstituted Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) by November 12th which will government the country for a duration of 36-months with incumbent Kiir as President and SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar as first vice-president.

The Parties to the R-ARCSS,” the IGAD statement reads. “should meet before 12th November and agree on a temporary, viable and realistic arrangement regarding the critical outstanding pre-transitional tasks especially relating to the selection, training and redeployment of the NUF, the number and boundaries of States and the allocation of ministerial portfolios.”

Any agreement/arrangement reached by the Parties on the way forward should be flexible and based on a firm foundation with a clear and time bound road-map,” the statement adds.

Registration, screening and training of forces should be expedited, and in this regard the Government should fully utilize their capabilities to deliver items to cantonment sites and barracks.

There should be no difference whatsoever in the treatment of government and opposition forces in the process of cantonment, training and redeployment of necessary unified forces.

Families especially women and children that are found in some cantonment sites should receive the humanitarian support they require and in this regard the relevant R-ARCSS mechanisms should work in collaboration with the Government and international community in mobilizing the necessary support.

Parties should refrain from all rhetoric or acts, including inciting and incentivizing defections, that erode trust and confidence, and cast doubt on their political will.”

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