Another Kiir-Machar meeting in Juba will boost R-ARCSS

For over a month now, South Sudanese have been longing to hear information on the possible meeting between President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar. The two principal leaders to the Revitalized Agreement on Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) have not met regularly despite repeated calls by guarantors of the agreement. Regional and international peace partners including the African Union and the Troika countries-USA, Norway and the United Kingdom had made the same call but it seemed to have been difficult to organize a meeting in Juba due to alleged security concerns. Dr. Machar who is in Khartoum could come to Juba this month in company of the new Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, according to recent reports. If they meet, the principal leaders are expected to inform the country of the fate of the R-ARCSS, and whether the R-TGoNU will be formed on November 12 as planned. It is just over two months to November 12 for parties to the R-ARCSS to form the R-TGoNU. It will be to the appreciation of South Sudanese to have the unity government formed this November given that the initial pre-transitional period was pushed by six months. If the said meeting goes on to take place, the two principle leaders will have the power and influence to resolve among their followers the unimplemented tasks of the agreement. They include the full cantonment of opposition forces, and barracking and screening of the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces, demilitarization of civilian centers has also remained unaccomplished, determination of the number of states, and setting up the reconstruction fund to aid the most affected towns by the civil war. The bottom line however sticks to the willingness of the government to release more funds to run vital activities of the National Pre-Transitional Committee, whose success depends on availability of funds for its works.

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