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TIME IS OVER: Eighteen months deadline to ink peace agreement

JMEC Chairperson Festus Mogae has warned that the timeline for implementation of the peace agreement on resolution of conflict in the country is running out due to slow pace of the process.

“Time is catching up with the implementation of the Agreement,” Mogae told JMEC board members in a plenary meeting in Juba yesterday. “Our pace is far too slow and the situation is not getting any better.”

He said there is need to ask more questions and demand more concrete steps from the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) to expedite the implementation of the Agreement.

Mogae said the TGoNU should speed up the implementation of the peace agreement to avoid missing out the deadline.

According to the agreement, the transitional period is supposed to end in October 2018. However, eighteenth month into the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) and thirteen months into the Transition Period following the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) on April 29, 2016, much of the provisions of the peace agreement had not been implemented.

“This means, we have barely seventeen months left to October 2018 to the end of the Transitional Period,” he said.

Mogae said some of the JMEC Working Committees have developed and adopted framework for evaluating progress for each chapter of the Agreement.

He welcomed the progress made by the National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC) in incorporating the ARCISS into the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan (2011), and for embarking on the relevant legislative review and amendments process.

However, he said, “It is regrettable that the TGoNU has delayed the submission of this Amendment Bill to the Transitional National Legislative Assembly and missed the deadline prescribed by the Agreement.”

Mogae urged the TGoNU to expedite the constitutional amendment process and immediately initiate a Permanent Constitution making process.

Minister of Cabinet Affairs Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro however said the government was committed in implementing the peace agreement.

He said the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs has finished drafting concept note on Tuesday for the tabling of the amended bills to the council of ministers for approval.

He said the transitional institutional reforms to reconstitute at the national levels, had not been done.

He said chapter two for integration of the joint police has started with the training of police at Rejaf, to be commissioned by the President, according to the transitional security arrangements.

By Jale Richard

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