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Troika urges swift deployment of South Sudan unified forces

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May 5, 2021 (JUBA) – Members of the Troika have urged South Sudan government to urgently start graduation and deployment the unified force, in accordance to the deployment plan provided by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on January 21, 2021.

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Personnel of the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces take part in a drill at their barracks in Rejaf, about 15km south of Juba, South Sudan, on April 26, 2019. (AFP photo)

The call is contained in a letter, which was addressed to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and the country’s five Vice Presidents.

They called for agreement on a credible disarmament, demobilization and reintegration plan that is financially feasible and could be initiated through a community violence reduction program.

They further called for the urgent implementation of the Transitional Security Arrangements which include; agreement on Necessary Unified Force, improvement of conditions in training centers, and the graduation and deployment of the unified force.

“Initiate and oversee a permanent Constitution-making process, with broad-based public consultations; strengthen the electoral commission and begin preparations for holding inclusive, free and fair elections in accordance with the provisions of the R-ARCSS,” the Troika’s letter in part.

The statement issued on Wednesday reminded the parties to end any violation of the ceasefire and cessation of hostilities agreement.

It also called for establishment the Transitional National Legislative Assembly and Council of States and expedite the operationalization of state governments, by providing them with the necessary financial means to operate.

The Troika members further urged the leaders to sign without delay the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the African Union to establish the Hybrid Court for South Sudan, start its effective establishment and set up the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation and Healing.

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