Activist calls for progress in peace process
By: Khamis Cosmas Lokudu
Prominent Civil Society activist Edmund Yakani has raised concern over the slow pace of the revitalized peace process despite the 100-day extension.
Yakani who is the Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) said seven (7) days have passed by but there is no progress being made.
The CEPO’s Executive Director said the commencement of the days is not reassuring in terms of getting the parties to demonstrating actions of obligation towards the resolution of outstanding issues. “Some actions that requires no funds should have kicked off,” Yakani stated.
He added that besides the support worth $300,000 from Nigerian government to facilitate the commencement of discussions on unresolved issues on the first days of the extended period, the government needs to disburse fund to ensure timely arrangements and avoid forthcoming inconveniences.
Yakani said promising political will to implement the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan is crucial from the signatories to the agreement.
Yakani also appealed to regional body Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to put pressure on parties to the revitalized agreement to push them to act before time runs out.