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Troika countries concerned over delay to form S. Sudan transitional government


November 26, 2015 (JUBA) – The United States, Norway and the United Kingdom – collectively known as Troika of South Sudan, expressed “deep concern” over the delay to form a transitional government of national unity by the warring parties in South Sudan, three months since the peace accord was inked in August.

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South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir, seen in Addis Ababa on January 29, 2015 (Photo AFP Zacharias Abubeker)

President Salva Kiir’s government and the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by the first vice president designate, Riek Machar, were supposed to form a unity government which would run the country for 30 months of transition before elections are conducted.

The parties however failed to start forming the government due to difficulties faced in the implementation of the peace deal.

In a press statement released on Thursday, Troika, one of the South Sudanese peace sponsors said political leaders from both sides of the conflict should end the suffering inflicted on the population of the four year old country by the 22 months of conflict.

“Each day, the fighting and abuses continue, and an already grave humanitarian situation grows worse. We urge South Sudan’s leaders to establish the transitional government now and recommit to the timeline of the agreement, or the peace process will unravel,” the statement, extended to Sudan Tribune, reads in part.

According to the agreement to resolve the conflict in South Sudan, signed by opposition leader Riek Machar on17 August in Addis Ababa and by president Salva Kiir nine days later on 26 August in Juba, a transitional government of national unity should be formed 90 days after the accord was inked.

The Troika commended former Botswana Festus Mogae, who is also the chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), “for beginning to implement the agreement by announcing this week that he will host the JMEC’s first meeting in Juba on 27 November.”

“It is vital that all parties participate fully. We call on the Opposition and former detainees to attend the JMEC launch and on all South Sudanese parties to work with President Mogae,” the statement added.

“Those who decide not to participate will be further delaying the implementation of the peace agreement, which will only deepen an already grave humanitarian crisis and prolong the suffering of the South Sudanese people,” the Troika said.

Former detainees composed of 10 exiled senior SPLM political leaders were expected to return to Juba on Thursday but their trip delayed due to belated delivery of air tickets. They are now expected to return to Juba on Friday, one former detainee told Sudan Tribune.

The SPLM in Opposition, led by former vice president and first vice president designate, Riek Machar, said no delegate will travel to Juba due to failure by president Kiir to honour the peace agreement when he on 2 October declared unilateral creation of 28 states in violation of the peace agreement which is based on the current 10 states.

The opposition demanded that president Kiir’s government reversed the violation and put the implementation of the peace agreement on the right course.

IGAD and Troika earlier condemned president Kiir’s unilateral decision as a violation of both the peace deal and the country’s constitution.
Kiir’s government has however gone ahead with the implementation of his 28 states order, which resulted to amendment of the transitional constitution by the parliament this week to scrap the 10 states.

The opposition, SPLM-IO, said the act by parliament was also a violation as the peace agreement prohibits one party from amending the peace agreement and the constitution.


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  • 26 November 2015 21:00, by Mr Point


    Is it true that Kiir has violated the Constituion with illegal decrees?

    Who would have expected this breach of the law, the Constitution and the Peace Agreement?

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    • 27 November 2015 06:48, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Troika should sanction the two leaders who are delaying transitional govt including Micheal lueth the information minister,the emotional man.

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  • 26 November 2015 22:00, by Kenyang

    So called Troika countries led by Brack Hussein Obama, former street advocate with no foreign knowledge other than Chicago streets had it wrong in first place. Maybe you need to stop begging for implementation and consult one of Obama godfathers, Luis Farakan who called South Sudanese "they’re black till they are blue."

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    • 27 November 2015 05:45, by Joseph Canada

      Kenyang as you call youerslf, do you think by stupidly calling the US president that name will make those Dinka killers and their cyndicates. Kill as many Southerners as you can Now because your death will never end. Till jesus come is when the death stop. You will suffer. mark my words. you will suffer even the butterfly will hunt you and kill you. its coming! 0h its coming! I can smell it now!

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      • 27 November 2015 08:08, by Kenyang

        Seem you have learned, you’re not insulting entire Dinka, 5 million persons.

        Brack Hussein Obama is a naive terrorist whose admin is not only against United States but its friends like Israel or South Sudan. Hell with Obama.

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        • 27 November 2015 08:22, by Malakal county Simon


          Where did you that figuers by saying Dinkas are 5 millions???? Or Are you,re including the dead one too?? Where is your proof?? In-fact the current Dinka populations is between 2.5 to 3milions....

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          • 27 November 2015 09:07, by Redeemer

            The long awaited hope for rebels turned bitter, they were expecting orders from Troika countries against 28 states, instead Kiir and Riek must implement peace whether in 10 or 21 or 28 or even 0 states. That is the message my dear disciples of Ngundeng, do you think Troika can implement the dreams of evil leader who misled a PhD holder, forget it

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          • 27 November 2015 13:27, by Kenyang

            Son Of Ngudeng,
            slave is a legal property of someone. Other than recorded slave donkey Riek Machar to NiF, no one’s property of someone else. Definitely Kenyang, a pure nationalist is not. Okay maybe i crown myself a little but hey i’m not fishing on blood of good South Sudan by flying from hotel to hotel like Riek. As for Dinka headcount, what do you want? 1.5 million? Okay Dinka is 1.5 million.

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