Opposition Alliance urges TROIKA to review support to S. Sudan
By David Mono Danga
The South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) has urged the Troika countries to reconsider cutting off support to South Sudan following the United States threat to terminate partnership with South Sudan.
The SSOA called on the US, UK and Norway to reconsider their support to the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) and the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM).
The spokesperson in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ambassador Mawien Akol Ariik in response to the US threat said it was a critical moment for the U.S to discontinue the partnership with South Sudan as the leaders were making efforts to unify the ruling party and restore sustainable peace.
In a press statement on Wednesday the SSOA claimed they knew all along that the government’s disdain for peaceful negotiated settlement and proclivity for military violence makes it inherently unwilling and unable to lead South Sudan from the current conflict trap to a stable and peaceful future.
“We commend the United Nations Security Council’s stern warning against sham planning of election by Kiir government to legitimize themselves. We call on the U.S., UK, and Norway to reconsider support for JMEC, CTSAMM. We call on IGAD to recognize the new realities on the ground and to immediately embark on a new inclusive peace process that aims at addressing the root causes of the conflict in South Sudan since there is no Peace Agreement requiring revitalization,” the statement stated.
It said the SSOA is calling upon the AU and the UN to urge and to ensure that the interests of IGAD member states do not supersede and supplant the course of durable peace in South Sudan.
“We said many times that there is no peace agreement in South Sudan that requires implementation, monitoring or revitalization. Attesting to this President Museveni of Uganda recently acknowledged lack of National Army representing the diversity of South Sudan as one example.
The SSOA said regime’s thrust towards repeated violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement signed in December 2017 and the scrapping of the 2015 Peace Agreement attests to a track record of the government’s intransigent behavior since August 2015.
The statement cited the president’s imposition of 26 reservations to the 2015 agreement, forceful creation of 28 new states as clear violation of a peace deal. The alliance said it is not happy with the controversial replacement of Riek Machar with Taban Deng Gai as the SPLA-IO chairman in 2016.
The parties warned that the complicit attitude of the JMEC and the IGAD as shown by their lack of concern for the gross violations of the August agreement has emboldened the regime in Juba to negotiate in a bad faith and its delegation is prepared to stifle any potential progress at the exclusive IGAD Council of Ministers meeting.
The parties forming the South Sudan Opposition Alliance include; FDP, FDs, NAS, NDM, PDM, SSNMC, SSPM, SSLM, SSUM and UDRA.