Dec 5, 2021(Nyamilepedia) — The president’s press secretary, Ateny Wek Ateny has said that the parties to the revitalized peace agreement “have reached a consensus” to extend the transitional period to 2023 to allow the full implementation of the peace deal.
Ateny Wek Ateny said that the extension was forced by the implantation matrix as so many provisions are yet to be implanted as there were some months that were lost during the pre-transitional period.
“It is not the Presidency that has decided but it is the implementation matrix given that they have lost some months in the Pre-Transitional Period,” Ateny Wek said in a radio interview.
“All of them [parties] by consensus has agreed that the end of the transition will be 2023 because the end of 2022 and beginning of 2023, that is where the election will be run to achieve peace.”
He further said that the parties cannot accomplish the critical tasks within the 36 months adding that Peace is not easy and peace is not an overnight event.
“Peace is a process and even the implementation is a process so people should not expect it as a free lunch. It has time in order for it to happen and become mature,” Ateny said.
The Executive Director for Community Empowerment for Progress Organization Edmund Yakani welcomed the move to extend the period while appealing to the leader to create a conducive environment for elections.
“We as citizens are appealing to you the following; change of political attitudes from this culture of conflicting interpretation of the provision of the agreement to really committing yourself to the real genuine provision of the agreement as enshrined in the document, create a condition of environment for the conduct of the election in South Sudan,” Yakani said.
Once implemented, the Agreement will help to restore permanent and sustainable peace, security and stability in the country.