SS Parties Must Be Realistic On Implementation The Peace Agreement

"...the parties must also know that the R-ACSS is a political process. It is amendable when necessary but equally not an opportunity for parties to continuously renege on the implementation of the peace agreement as they so wish. Parties must reach an honest roadmap without second relapse."

By Beny Gideon Mabor*
Today, 2nd May 2019, the review meeting of the parties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) has resumed and will continue until tomorrow 3rd May 2019, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For those who are not aware, the overall objective of this meeting according to official communication from Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is “to take stock of status of the implementation of the key per-transitional period tasks of the revitalized agreement, identify progress made, challenges encountered and deliberate on practical steps that can be taken to address identified challenges and ensure a timely formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGONU)”.
Accordingly, the peace agreement under article 2.2.1 of the ARCSS provides that” the Pre-Transitional Period shall start on D-Day and continue up to the completion of the training and redeployment of the necessary unified forces. However, training and redeployment of the necessary unified forces shall be completed within a period that shall not exceed eight (8) months. This provision prevails on any other contrary text.” In other words, security arrangements is one of the compulsory requirements to be completed within time-frame of eight (8) months before formation of the RTGONU
Now practically speaking, such security arrangements have not been done amongst other key tasks of the pre-transitional period, despite establishment of the cantonment and assembly areas. Whose failure is this? What does it takes to accomplish this task? Does it mean that some armed opposition groups are not in control of their forces to direct them to the identified cantonment and assembly sites? Therefore, these questions must be explored now in the ongoing review meeting of the parties to the R-ARCSS before thinking too politically on the formation of the government.
Finally, the parties must also know that the R-ACSS is a political process. It is amendable when necessary but equally not an opportunity for parties to continuously renege on the implementation of the peace agreement as they so wish. Parties must reach an honest roadmap without second relapse. This means and I add my voice, that the parties must agree on reasonable time-frame, most preferably four (4) months extension and recommit to the implementation of the outstanding key tasks of the pre-transitional period. The justification for such an extension is that unilateral formation of the government even if supported by majority political forces versus minority ones, will not represent the true character of unity government as peace is by consensus and not zero-sum game.

Note:This is my personal opinion. 

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