The Troika countries (Unites States, United Kingdom and Norway) said in a statement on Monday that more need to be done to ensure the success of the revitalized peace agreement.
The Troika statement came as a high-level United Nations Security Council (UNSC) delegation visits the country to meet South Sudan parties to the revitalized peace agreement.
“With the November 12 deadline looming, extended from May, much more needs to be done urgently to ensure the success of the transitional government,” the statement seen by the Nyamilepedia partly reads.
“Progress would help maintain the confidence of all the parties and the international community, demonstrate that the parties have the political will to work together during the transitional period, and provide the opportunity for the international community to engage productively with an inclusive, new government,” the statement added.
The agreement signed in September last year provided for unification of the rival forces and transform them into a one national army, police and national security. The agreement also wants the parties to determine the number and boundaries of the states.
However, these arrangements are not in place yet and the government of President Salva Kiir Mayardit wants the unity government formed on November 12th as agreed in May.
Meanwhile opposition groups such as Machar’s main armed opposition group, SPLM-IO and the NDM led by Dr. Lam Akol wants the action postponed to a later date to help ensure a stable government.
The Troika statement further urged the government of President Salva Kiir to take measures needed to build confidence between the parties who already lack trust to work together.
“We encourage the parties, especially the current government, to take concrete steps to build trust through enhanced cooperation,” the statement said.
“South Sudan faces a critical moment in the journey toward a peaceful and prosperous future. There are now less than four weeks for political leaders to form a transitional government as they committed to in the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.
“The United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway (the Troika) have consistently welcomed assurances by the parties to implement the agreement and meet its deadlines, and hoped that recent meetings between South Sudan’s leadership show a renewed spirit of cooperation.
“We commend the actions of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to broker the agreement and maintain momentum and take hope from the continued reduction in overall violence in South Sudan.
“For too long, conflict has been waged at the expense of South Sudan’s most vulnerable and continues to exacerbate humanitarian needs.
“We welcome the discussions of IGAD countries in Addis Ababa last week; the region and the international community’s investment and engagement in a peaceful South Sudan remains important.
“The Troika will continue to stand with and support the people of South Sudan, who want and deserve peace and a government that that protects its people.
“We urge the South Sudanese parties to meet the November 12 deadline to form a transitional government that will enable the conditions for a constructive relationship during the next phase of South Sudan’s peace process.
“The UNSC visit to South Sudan offers an opportunity for the international community to discuss with South Sudanese leaders how to accelerate such progress.”