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TROIKA marks the 2nd anniversary of R-ARCISS, fears return to violence

Sep 12, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — Marking the second anniversary of the Revitalized Agreement of the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, the TROIKA commends the little progress made so far but fears return to violence.

“As we mark the two-year anniversary of the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) we commend progress to date, but express concern at delay”  The TROIKA said

Representatives of the TROIKA member countries (File photo)
Representatives of the TROIKA member countries (File photo)

In a statement extended to Nyamilepedia Press, the TROIKA which comprises of the United States, United Kingdoms and Norway, reaffirms its support to the people of South Sudan and share desire to see a permanent end to the conflict.

“The Troika (Norway, the United States and the United Kingdom) reconfirms its support for the people of South Sudan and shares their desire to see a permanent end to conflict and fear of a return to violence,” the Troika statement reads in parts.

The TROIKA acknowledged the political will that was demonstrated by President Kiir and the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, and other parties, when they partially form the Transitional Government of National Unity in February this year but the superpowers believe that more remains to be done.

“We applaud President Salva Kiir, First Vice President Riek Machar, and all parties to the R-ARCSS for the leadership demonstrated in February through the forming of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU),” the statement said.

The TROIKA calls on all the parties to demonstrate leadership needed to implement the peace deal.

“all sides to demonstrate the leadership needed to deliver progress and maintain peace.” TROIKA stressed.

The representatives expressed their concerns on the ongoing tribal conflicts that are claiming lives of hundreds of people in different parts of the country and the severe food insecurity that is facing more than 50% of the population.

 “remain concerned by the violence that has killed hundreds in recent months, further disrupting livelihoods and humanitarian access, with more than 50% of the population facing severe acute food insecurity.” The TROIKA statement reads.

“Regardless of the causes of this violence all sides must accelerate efforts to deliver the R-ARCSS in full and see that the national ceasefire is maintained. We also urge those groups who remain outside the R-ARCSS to demonstrate their clear commitment to peace through effective dialogue and honor their commitment in the Rome Declaration to end violence.” They further stressed.

According to the representatives of the USA, UK and Norway, the South Sudanese leaders need to finalize the formation of the RTGoNU, build national security, train the unified force and allow access to humanitarian agencies.

“Leadership and clear action is needed to address outstanding tasks, such as the finalization of governance structures and the building of a national security apparatus capable of addressing violence across the country regardless of political or ethnic affiliation.” The TROIKA said.

“Humanitarian access must also be allowed across the country, without impediment. And as partners delivering support to South Sudan we urge the R-TGoNU to deliver its commitment on economic reforms, inclusivity and transparency of public finances: these will help increase the confidence of the international community to provide further support and to build a relationship for the development of the country. Participation of women at all levels of government is a key element of the Peace Agreement.” The TROIKA continued.

The TROIKA sees real opportunity in cementing a stronger foundation for what would be a viable Republic of South Sudan but only if the leaders demonstrate leadership and implement the peace agreement in good faith.

“South Sudan’s leaders have a real opportunity to deliver the foundation of a stable and prosperous nation for all, and to demonstrate their commitment to peace. We urge them to demonstrate this as a matter of urgency and will work with South Sudan to support progress.”

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