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South Sudan parties urged to meet IGAD deadlines

Photo: President Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar speak to reporters after their meeting in Juba on December 17, 2019 | Credit: Eye Radio
Photo: President Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar speak to reporters after their meeting in Juba on December 17, 2019 | Credit: Eye Radio

May 2, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan parties to the revitalized unity government and the revitalized peace agreement have been urged to meet deadlines set by the regional body, IGAD, to complete the implementation of the provisions of the 2018 peace agreement.

This comes after the IGAD said last week that South Sudan parties have until Thursday April 30, to resolve the dispute over the appointment of state governors which has been one of the sticky issues in the formation of the revitalized government.

The regional bloc also urged the parties to expedite the reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly and the implementation of the security arrangement which is a key provision of the peace deal.

In a statement on Saturday, the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), a leading civil society organization in the world’s youngest nation urged the coalition government to meet the IGAD deadlines which is crucial for peace and stability in the country.

“I would like to take this opportunity to urge the South Sudan parties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) and the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU), the Presidency to comply with the recent IGAD given deadlines for accelerating the genuine implementation of the R-ARCSS,” the civil society organization said in the statement seen by Nyamilepedia.

The statement signed by CEPO’s Executive Director Edmund Yakani added that “Genuine implementation of the R-ARCSS is a number one priority for every South Sudanese and political stalemates that contribute to further delay of genuine implementation of the R-ARCSS is unacceptable and amount to clear demonstration of either limited or lack of political will to implement the R-ARCSS.”

Mr. Edmund Yakani expressed concerns that already one of the key deadlines contained in the Communique of the 71st Extraordinary Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers held on 23 April 2020 has been missed.

“The council had urged that the incumbent transitional National Legislative Assembly should have been dissolved by 30th April 2020 and for it to be re-structured and re-constituted before 10th of May 2020,” the statement further added.

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