Trust needed for peace implementation –Norwegian Envoy
By Nema Juma
Despite enormous support by the international community, lack of trust among the top leaders remains challenging to fully implement the pre-transitional tasks, says the Norwegian envoy to South Sudan.
In an exclusive interview with Juba Monitor, Ambassador Lars Andersen said that some of the delays being experienced in the pre-transitional period of the peace agreement are due to lack of trust between the parties and limited resources.
“The top leadership must keep meeting and President Salva Kiir should start by inviting Dr. Riek Machar and Machar should also invite President Kiir to go to where he is so that their interaction can be normal in order for people to have hope that there is really peace,” Andersen said.
He added that it is predictable that by November, both the principal leaders will be together but it is important to build trust among them in the remaining months of the pre-transitional period.
“Since the opposition came to Juba, there have been several meetings and there hasn’t been enough progress. The government has to fund this,” Ambassador Lars stated.
Meanwhile, the representative of South Sudan Opposition Alliance to the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM), David Nyang said President Salva Kiir’s invitation of Dr. Riek Machar will depend on the nature of the invitation, saying Riek has the right to deny.
“When the two principles went to Vatican in Rome, everybody thought about something unique that has never happened before and it gave hope to the people of South Sudan and we thought we will have change from that time,” Nyang said.
He stated that Dr. Riek has the right not to come to Juba also because of the poor security arrangement.
He also stated that mistrust may not only be between the two leaders, but also between other leaders involved in the peace agreement.