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Civil society calls for timely formation of unity gov’t

By Kitab A Unango

Parties to the Revitalized-Peace Agreement have been told to implement pending tasks to ensure the unity government is formed on time.

This will avoid another extension of the pre-transitional period, Edmund Yakana, the Executive Director of Community Empowerment Organization (CEPO) said yesterday.

In May, IGAD extended the initial six months transitional period for additional six months to allow execution of pending tasks in the provisions in the peace agreement, but with only three months left, some of the tasks including cantonment of forces, have not been fully accomplished.

“No more public appetite to see another extension of the pre-transitional period or return to war,” Yakana, said.

Yakani was responding to IGAD Council of Ministers’ invitation to parties to the peace agreement for a consultative meeting in Ethiopia capital, Addis Ababa.

On Wednesday, Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD’s) Council of Ministers invited all parties to the agreement for a meeting in Addis Ababa to discuss the slow progress of peace implementation.

In the invitation letter seen by Juba Monitor, Gedu Andarachew, IGAD Chairperson said lack of progress in the implementation of the outstanding and critical issues persisted to meet the dateline.

“However, there is lack of progress in the implementing of the outstanding and critical issues, to yet again meet the dateline for the accomplishment of the Pre-transitional period,” the letter read in part.

The pre-transitional period ends on Number 12th, 2019 after it was extended in April this year for six months due to lack of implementation of key provisions of the agreement including security arrangement

Yakani however called on IGAD to pressurize parties to comply with provisions of the agreement and fully implement the outstanding tasks ahead of the deadline.

“The trend of the messaging among some principals of the parties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan is disturbing and worrying the fate of securing peace and stability in South Sudan in this year,” he stated.

“It is a time for IGAD to take straight action oriented steps for obligating the parties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution on Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan to comply with !2th Nuvember2019 since still we still have three months ahead of the dateline,” he added.

The principal leaders of the parties have failed to meet face-to-face to iron out remaining tasks of the agreement.

 

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