US, UK warn S. Sudan leaders
The United States, The UK, and Norway are applying pressure on South Sudanese rival leaders to deliver on the February commitment to form a Transitional Government to end the stalemate in the East -central Africa Nation. The three governments in a joint statement said: “Troika remains committed to the people of South Sudan ceasefire, and to instruct their forces to exercise restraint.”
The three countries further cautioned on the escalation of humanitarian causalities as a result of “delay in implementation of agreed terms.”
The statement follows a Tripartite meet in Entebbe, Uganda in early November 2019 between South Sudanese leader Salva Kiir and leading opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar who agreed on a 100 days postponement beyond the November 12, 2019 deadline.
The January 3, 2020 statement released on the 50 Days Mark, is a bold reminder to the parties to commit to the February promise.
The three countries also rallied Civil Society leaders in the conflict-ridden nation to fund the peace process and facilitate an end to a turbulent spell.
As part of coalition terms, the Troika statement urged South Sudan leaders to respect the commitment to the inclusion of at least 35 percent of women in every level of government as decided by all the parties.
The world’ s youngest nation has endured a five- year civil war that has torn the country and responsible for hundreds of civilian causalities, holding trade and commerce hostage.
Violence in South Sudan has been a massive let down on Ugandan traders. With six weeks to the February deadline, the region waits with bated breath.