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International community cautiously welcome formation of South Sudan unity cabinet


South Sudan's FVP Machar swearing in as his wife stands besides him on 22 Feb 2020 (SSPPU photo)February 22, 2020 (JUBA) - Regional and international organizations and countries cautiously welcomed the appointment of Riek Machar as First Vice President and three other vice-presidents as the first step toward the formation of the three-year transitional government.

The IGAD, UN Secretary-General, EU and the US Ambassador to the United Nations welcomed Machar appointment and the three other vice-presidents Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior, James Wani Igga and Taban Deng Gai.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres praised the establishment of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) and called on the South Sudanese parties "to fully adhere to the letter and spirit of the Agreement".

In the same vein, US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft said that the appointment of the vice-presidents is the first step before to urge "President Salva Kiir, FVP Riek Machar "to show the courage and fortitude needed at this moment to translate hope into a better future for South Sudan".

The European Union, also hailed the key step urging the peace signatories to work together to address the major challenges ahead, pointing out to the need to "mark progress on (the security) arrangements and other critical aspects of the peace agreement."

Human Right Watch associate Africa director Jehanne Henry urged the new government to set out a plan to end human rights violations particularly "reforming the abusive national security service, freeing abducted civilians held by armed groups, and establishing a hybrid war crimes court in partnership with the African Union."

IGAD warns against divided parties

For its part, the regional group that brokered the revitalized peace agreement pinpointed to "the internal frictions and divisions in some of the Parties to the R-ARCSS" without naming them.

"IGAD recognizes (these divisions have) caused an unnecessary distraction in the Pre-Transitional Period and if it persists, will disrupt the implementation of transitional tasks during the Transitional Period," said the statement.

"Therefore, it is high time that these Parties now overcome their internal differences and wrangles for the sake of peace," further stressed the regional group.

The long-time divided South Sudan Opposition Alliance has failed to agree on its candidate for the post of vice-president confirming the fragility of several alliances created within the framework of the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF).


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  • 23 February 2020 14:21, by Fathi

    Do the brothers in South Sudan believe peace will last?
    Will refugees return now or will they want to wait for a year to know they’re serious about peace?

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    • 24 February 2020 21:44, by Khent


      People seem to be really optimistic about the chances for peace and have already voiced their desire to return as soon as possible. I really do hope that Greater Sudan gets peace this year because we’ve already spilled far too much Sudanese blood. I even want peace with the Misseriya — even if they are 17th Century migrants from Chad and Niger.

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      • 25 February 2020 09:57, by Fathi

        That’s the general vibe I got from South Sudanese brothers on twitter. I really hope this is the year of peace! All of our people are sick and tired of the wars. We want to develop the Greater Sudan and prosper. Unfortunately, aside from the self-inflicted wounds, foreigners continue to want to exploit our blessed lands.

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        • 25 February 2020 10:02, by Fathi

          The Misseriya nomads need to chill and seek peace. If we are able to continue to reform our government, hopefully we will be able to influence our Misseriya brothers to change behavior.

          Also, if you have twitter, post your @ so I can follow you.

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  • 27 February 2020 02:48, by Angelo Achuil

    The only way to make peace come to S. Sudan is to ake governors govern far from their tribes. These appointed ones needed be mixed up in different states so that those elected will follow this example. This way will pave for national unity like no other! :) :) :)

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  • 27 February 2020 02:57, by Angelo Achuil

    The only way to make peace come to S. Sudan is to make governors govern far from their tribes. These appointed ones needed be mixed up and not put in their states of birth. so that those elected will follow this example. This way will pave way for national unity like no other! :)

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  • 27 February 2020 03:01, by Angelo Achuil

    The next will setting up truth commission to discuss why we fought ourselves and what needs done to prevent its repetition in years to come.

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