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Unfulfilled independence promises ‘deeply saddening’ – Troika

Juba, South Sudan,

July 08, 2021 – The failure by South Sudanese leaders to deliver on the promises made before the country’s independence is deeply saddening, the Troika community has said.

Unfulfilled independence promises ‘deeply saddening’ – Troika
Members of the Troika Community witnessing the signing of the Sudan Peace Agreement on 08/06/2021 (photo credit: courtesy)

The Troika, a community comprising the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway says when the country emerged as an independent state, it had the potential to flourish both economically and politically to the advantage of its citizens but ten years later, the reverse is the case.

“The first ten years of this young country’s history have seen much suffering, due to conflict-related abuses, famine, flooding, and disease. Yet through it all, the South Sudanese people have shown resilience,” the community says in a statement published on the official website of the Norwegian government Thursday.

The community added that “We [The Troika] commend the commitment many [South Sudanese] have shown in working together to build a brighter future, so it is deeply saddening that the promise of peace and prosperity that independence represented remains unfulfilled.”

Troika is one of the many organizations that have pushed for the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement in South Sudan together with the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

While notable progress has been toward the implementation of the peace agreement, the Troika says parties to the agreement have fallen short of fulfilling many tasks calling for the expedition of the process for the development of the country.

“Nearly three years since we commended the signing of the agreement, many tasks remain undelivered. Few of the tangible benefits of peace are seen by ordinary citizens. The Troika welcomes the progress that has been made but urges the signatories to accept accountability for their commitments and go much further, much faster,” it says.

The implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan has stalled since the reconstitution of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly in May this year.

As the executive arm of the government struggles with the swearing-in of appointed legislators, the completion of Security Arrangements awaits.

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