TGoNU should not pretend to implement peace

The Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) should not pretend that the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) would move forward within the current situation, said Jame David Kolok, Executive Director of FODAG.

The Executive Director of Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance (FODAG) was reacting to the IGAD Foreign Ministers’ meeting that ended in Juba on Monday.

Speaking to Juba Monitor yesterday, Kolok said lasting peace would not be achieved in the country without inclusion of the armed opposition parties in the peace process.

“The Transitional Government of National Unity needs to understand very clearly that we can no longer pretend to move with this peace agreement within the current context.”

“They need to recognize that based on the current dynamics in the country, it would be unreasonable for anybody to think that peace can be achieved without inclusion of those key principals or some of those key oppositions that have taken up arms against the government,” he said.

“So, this resolution of the IGAD meeting is only timely in terms of the emphasis that this process, this time, we must be reaching out to all people concerned with bringing peace and stability to this country,” he added.

He said accepting the revitalization of the peace agreement with conditions would not bring lasting peace to the country.

“When we begin to hear voices which say yes, we accept the revitalization but we accept it on condition that certain individuals will not participate in the process, then we don’t understand why somebody is saying we accept the revitalization process.”

“We need to be genuine to the people of South Sudan and say very clearly that we accept this revitalization and it must be inclusive of everybody regardless of whether he is in Juba, South Africa, or anywhere in the bush. That is our position as civil society,” Kolok said.

Kolok added the idea of the peace revitalization has been seen as a way that would bring the parties to the agreement back to analyze what had been achieved and why some chapters of the agreement could not easily be implemented.

“When the idea came up, we said yes, this could be a great opportunity for South Sudanese to go back to the drawing board and look into what had been achieved in the agreement and what had not been achieved?” he said.

“And indeed there are chapters which have not been implemented and how can we move this process forward by approaching the principals to the agreement who have left the country and some of the emerging rebellions that have come up,” Kolok emphasized.

He said the ARCSS is facing implementation challenges where the period of 33 months might end without full implementation of the agreement.

“When you look at the timeline from the signing of the agreement and the transitional period provided, we are just left with less than one year to the end of the peace agreement.”

He said nothing much had been achieved on the cessation of hostilities and ceasefire in the country.

“When you look at the agreement in terms of its implementation on some of the key provisions including permanent ceasefire, nothing much has been realized,” FODAG’s Executive said.

By Sworo Charles Elisha



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