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Troika and EU threaten to stop support for South Sudan peace bodies

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Ethiopian FM and Chairperson of the IGAD Council Workneh Gebeyehu shakes hands with President Salva Kiir in Juba following a meeting with the IGAD foreign ministers on 24 July 2017 (IGAD photo)
July 26, 2017 (NAIROBI) - The Troika countries (USA, UK and Norway) and the European Union have threatened to stop their support for the activities and institutions tasked with the implementation of the IGAD brokered peace agreement and called to update the deal its instruments.

Following a meeting held in Juba on 24 July, the IGAD foreign ministers welcomed the support of the Troika and EU to their revitalization plan for the South Sudan peace process and called on the government to ensure the implementation of the ceasefire and urged the armed opposition to reciprocate.

The ministers also welcomed the commitment of President Salva Kiir to fully collaborate and implement the IGAD revitalization forum for the Implementation of the peace agreement.

However, in a confidential note to the IGAD countries seen by Sudan Tribune, the Troika and EU expressed their frustration with the implementation of the peace agreement and called for concrete steps to amend the deal and to consolidate the bodies entrusted with the monitoring process.

"We cannot continue to indefinitely support ARCSS implementation activities and institutions if they are unable to contribute to peace due to the lack of meaningful inclusion of parties to the conflict," said the Troika and EU who fund the IGAD activities and mechanisms tasked with the peace implementation.

"We look forward to a prompt and inclusive revitalization process that would allow us to consider the commitment of further resources. The JMEC has a vital role to play in the delivery of the urgent goals we have set out above. However, JMEC and other ARCSS institutions must be strengthened and adapted to deliver results in the new context," stressed the note.

The Troika and EU on 20 July issued a statement condemning the attacks by government army on the positions of the SPLM-IO in Pagak near the Ethiopian border. They said the "Pagak offensive is a clear violation of the unilateral ceasefire declared by President Salva Kiir on May 22", and casts doubts on the government’s commitment to reach peace through the National Dialogue.

In their note, they went to demand an update for the security arrangements embodied in the peace agreement saying they have been "made obsolete by the evolution of the conflict and are no longer sufficient".

The IGAD peace partners also said they do not support holding elections in 2018 as it is provided in the peace agreement pointing to the ongoing fighting, the humanitarian crisis stressing that under such conditions "elections are likely to cement divisions and increase violence".

"The Revitalisation Forum should deliver a new timetable which allows those conditions to be put in place. We do not support holding elections in 2018 as indicated in the original ARCSS," the Troika and EU said.

They requested the IGAD to closely coordinate with the African Union and the United Nations.

Following their meeting in Juba on 24 July, the IGAD foreign ministers urged the South Sudanese stakeholders to embrace the objectives of the High-Level Revitalization Forum for the Implementation of the ARCSS.

The East African block decided to task the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan with the coordination of the revitalization process involving all stakeholders and institutions charged with the responsibility of the implementation of the ARCSS.

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  • 27 July 01:41, by dinkdong

    That’s a good idea. They are not effective anyway.

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  • 27 July 02:32, by lino

    Haha 😂!!! Everyone is coming to his/her sense now. We said from the very beginning that when the Security Arrangements failed, the peace agreement is over! I am not sure how IGAD and partners missed it.
    Kiir and Taban are friends not enemies,and peace can be made and implemented by enemies!!!

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  • 27 July 06:36, by Tilo

    I hope this should be last warning for IGAD. Troika and EU need to get serious also not only Issuing warnings after warning with no outcome. You have witness time and again the violation of ceasefire, targeting of civilians and killing of Humanitarian actors and yet you allow your selves to be manipulated by the same bodies. For S. Sudanese the entire world doesn’t care of innocent lives lost/ing

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    • 27 July 17:08, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Tilo, do not worry. We, the SPLA/SPLM did have any support during civil war so we will handle as we did. We are a sovereign country and we are not going to beg other countries to support us if they do not want to support and they can not warn us either. We are not going to accept it. Support us or leave us alone is the law. Therefore, we are ready for.....

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  • 27 July 07:23, by JUR ATHÏT

    IGAD is mediating to make money on south sudan peace process not to bring peace. we better sit down as citizen of this country and make our peace and reconciliation since we aren’t gaining anything but loosing life on daily basis.

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    • 27 July 10:50, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      That is the message that is now a rare commodity. South Sudanese need to wake up and put aside their tribal differences and recollect themselves as South Sudanese and work out a mechanism of establishing a nation state that represents all the tribes of the country. But before this is done the old leaders need to vacate their positions.

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  • 27 July 08:22, by quiz

    Useless IGAD members, look now those who support you with money to bring peace to our country withdraw their support. Where ,re U going feed yourselves ? Did IGAD was formed as club for enjoyment? All S.sudanese have know zt your IGAD is toothless dog, will never bring peace. All IGAD members are being bribed by Kiirian and Tabanist regime.

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    • 27 July 23:14, by Rajil Jalaba

      what am seeing from Troika’s threat is their loud frustration after their puppet was packed in South Africa. Riak has been a tool used by different agents to advance their interests. ranging from Khartoum to the westerners. this leaves everyone with a question if Riek’s degree is academic degree or degree in stupidity and political prostitution

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  • 27 July 08:25, by quiz

    Useless IGAD members, look now those who support you with money to bring peace to our country withdraw their support. Where ,re U going feed yourselves ? Did IGAD was formed as club for enjoyment? All S.sudanese have know zt your IGAD is toothless dog, will never bring peace. All IGAD members are being bribed by Kiirian and Tabanist regime.

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  • 27 July 10:13, by Sunday Junup

    IGAD has failed our region

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  • 27 July 10:18, by Dak tak

    The very words we from the beginning been waiting for, stop paying means the end of the drama and the fake peace. How can the world keeps funding collapsed? And at the same time support the rogue regime that prefer war than peace? Stop your funds any peace will return to south Sudan sooner than later.

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