South Sudan peace monitors call for swift implementation of peace deal

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South Sudan

South Sudan peace monitors said the pace of implementation of the Revitalized Agreement of the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) is slow, urging the parties to expedite the process.

The Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) reminded the parties that time is running out with critical tasks lagging behind the agreed timelines.

“Within the current timelines of the R-ARCSS, we have barely 15 months until the end of the Transitional Period and yet some very critical tasks remain outstanding,” RJMEC Interim Chairperson Charles Tai Gituai told the Fifth Governors’ Forum in Juba on Tuesday.

Gituai said that some peace dividends have been realized across the country over the last three years since the R-ARCSS was signed, but much remains to be done.

He urged the government to speed up the ratification of all the approved bills, including the Permanent Constitution Making Process Bill 2021.

Gituai also called on the government to finalize the nominations and the establishment of the ad-hoc Judicial Reform Committee, and to make financial resources available for the completion of the Transitional Security Arrangements, including graduation and redeployment of unified forces, as well as for disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) programs.

He urged the government to urgently resolve the outstanding issues of the ratio of the unified forces and unified command structure of the Necessary Unified Forces; and to expedite the establishment of the Board of the Special Reconstruction Fund, in collaboration with the partners.

Nicholas Haysom, special representative of the UN secretary-general to South Sudan, lauded progress that has been made, particularly in the implementation of governance-related tasks, noting that the ceasefire is holding, creating a relatively conducive environment for the overall implementation of the peace agreement.

He said the permanent constitution-making process is in progress and called on South Sudanese to come together to agree on a legitimate, popular, and inclusive system of constitutional governance that is best suited for the country. Enditem

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