Juba, South Sudan,
June 17, 2021 – The Head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan Volker Perthes said he is concerned about the delay in expediting the crucial provisions of the Juba Peace deal signed in October last year. The UN official stressed that parties are yet to integrate the various forces, something which should have been already done by now.
In his remarks at a press conference on Tuesday in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, Perthes said a delay by signatories to the peace agreement to implement the most important part of the deal could contribute negatively to the future of democratic governance in Sudan.
According to reliable information obtained by Nyamilepedia, Perthes said for the last seven months, only a few steps have been taken towards integrating different forces to establish a unified national army in line with Security Arrangement provisions.
Perthes said the government has failed to form a legislative council which is an important wing of any transparent democratic government.
“This delay hinders the development of the country and affects the external image of Sudan and on political note what I said applies in the first place to the establishment of the Transitional Legislative Council which suppose to play a role in term of trust-building and check and balances for the government”, Perthes said.
He also said one of the top priorities for the Transitional government in Sudan is to guarantee a safe return of the IDPs to their homes as required by the agreement but he said such a process cannot materialize if peace partners do not agree on the formation of the Unified National Forces.
The Sudanese peace was signed last year in the South Sudanese capital Juba under the patronage of Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan.
However, the peace implementation process has stalled with most parties refusing to submit to the content of the agreement.