Gov’t ready to receive Regional Protection Force
First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai expressed the government’s commitment to receive and facilitate the deployment of the Regional Protection Force (RPF), fostering inter-communal grassroot peace initiatives as well as observe the unilateral ceasefire declared by President Salva Kiir in May 2017.
Gai made the remarks in Ethiopia during the 29th ordinary session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Governments of the African Union held on 3rd and 4th July, 2017.
Gai told the assembly that lack of resources is a great challenge to the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) particularly on the cantonment of the SPLA-IO forces.
Speaking to journalists upon arrival from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Wednesday, the spokesperson in the Office of the First Vice President, Chuol Laam said Taban Deng held bilateral meetings with the presidents of Uganda, Chad, Djibouti, the Vice Presidents of Nigeria and Tanzania, the Prime Ministers of Ethiopia and Algeria, and the Chairperson of the AU Commission and the representatives of international peace and stability of the government of Japan.
“The current political security and humanitarian situations, implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), the National Dialogue, and the economic situation, as well as the development progress in the country are some of the key issues discussed,” Laam said.
He said General Gai noted that the National Dialogue which was inaugurated by President Kiir in May 2017 is inclusive and credible. “He also highlighted the steps being taken by the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) to ensure that peace is realized in the country.”
“This includes the continuation to unreservedly implement the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS),” Laam said.
The First Vice President went for a one-day summit that deliberated on the current political situation in the country, humanitarian and security issues and the process of the implementation of the peace agreement in the country.
During the deliberation in the African Union summit, President Idriss Deby of Chad presented a report and recommendations, which included setting up of an African Youth Fund for development, drawn by the youth of the continent in the capital N’Djamena last week.
Other issues discussed in the summit include; boosting peace and security in which South Sudan featured prominently as well as AU’s commitment to silence the guns in Africa by 2020. Ending child marriage in Africa was also a critical part of the discussion.
The summit also focused on core issues of this year under the theme “harnessing demographic dividends through investments in youth”.
By Scovia Duku