Let Kiir, Machar meeting resolve outstanding issues
By Loro Louis Yugu
This time, the principal parties to the Revitalised Peace Agreement should resolve the outstanding issues holding this country hostage in regards to prosperity and development as they converge in Ethiopia for a consultative meeting.
The citizens of this country are still hopeful that despite the many rumour mongers in this country, President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr. Riek Machar will continue to compromise and bring permanent peace to South Sudanese and the whole region. These two principal signatories to the Revitalised Agreement on the Revolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan are already aware that South Sudanese are in dire need of urgent peace. As the elders of this country, I am sure they truly bear witness to the suffering of the citizens of this country that was sparked by the senseless war that broke out in 2013.
Although there seems to be differences between the two leaders in regard to the formation of the Revitalized Government of National Unity, there are many stakeholders who have insisted on the formation of the unity government by November 12 including the Troika (the US, the UK and Norway) and the African Union.
As all the signatories to the Revitalized Peace Agreement meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the 8th of November, this time they should harmonise their differences and iron out all the outstanding issues hindering the formation of the unity government as scheduled.
This meeting was positively received and many view it as the last hope to peaceful South Sudan. The oppositions were also delighted and pleased to participate in the discussions of the critical and outstanding tasks of the R-ARCSS because of its importance. This positive response gives hope and optimism to the ordinary citizens who are often the victims of violence. Thy have prayed enough for sustainable peace in our beloved country.
This time, let this Agreement not be tampered with because it provides for inter alia, the unification of armed forces, several institutional and legal reforms, transitional justice, accountability, reconciliation and healing, and general elections towards the end of the transition. The same agreement has also accounted for federalism. That means all efforts should be made to support it.
The head of the UNSC delegation to Juba earlier pointed out that the international community does not see good reason to delay the formation of the transitional government in South Sudan, saying; “We do not anticipate that the remaining problems are so huge for South Sudan not to move on, on November 12.” This is because they have seen the suffering of the South Sudanses.
While making the extension, the parties acknowledged that the “unification of necessary forces is the most critical determining factor for the formation” of the unity government.
According to the chairperson of the South Sudan peace monitors, the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission Augustino Njoroge, some progress has been made on the cantonment of forces.
Therefore, President Kiir and Dr. Riek’s meeting in Ethiopia should focus on the number of states and the pending issues of security arrangement. The citizens of this country are tired of war.