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Peace agreement has failed -Activist

By Sasuk Taban

The Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) meant to end the conflict in the country has failed, a civil society activist said.

The ARCSS was signed by the government and the SPLM-In Opposition in August 2015. It was supposed to end the conflict in South Sudan upon signature by the parties.

Guot Gabriel Manyang, the Chairman of Greater Upper Nile Concerned Youth for Peace and Stability (GUNCY-PAS) said the peace agreement since it was signed has not yielded any fruit as many provisions stipulated in the deal have not been implemented.

He lamented that the agreement is lagging behind in terms of its implementation. “The peace agreement failed from day one. Institutions such as the commission for truth, healing and reconciliation and hybrid court, which are important components of the transitional justice and which were supposed to be established six months after the signing of the agreement up to now have not been established,” Guot said.

The activist made his remarks few days after the Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), Festus Mogae addressed the United Nations’ Security Council on Tuesday this week on the progress related to the implementation of ARCSS.

In his address via video link from Juba to New York, Mr. Mogae said that two years since the peace agreement was signed, several institutions and mechanisms enshrined in the deal have not been established.

He said these institutions include; the Special Reconstruction Fund, the Economic and Financial Management Authority, the Compensation and Reparations Authority and other key transitional justice institutions. Mr. Mogae added that there has been “no progress regarding the constitution making process.”

The ARCSS stipulates that there should be a permanent constitution before the end of the thirty-month’s transitional period. The process demands that the provisions of the agreement be incorporated into the 2011 transitional constitution.

Mr. Guot suggested what he dubbed “practical intervention” by regional and the international community which is urgently needed in a bid to expedite the implementation of the peace agreement.

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