South Sudan vows to establish unity gov’t despite challenges

Friday, October 4th, 2019 15:11 |
David Shearer (R), Special Representative for South Sudan and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) shakes hands with a South Sudanese diplomat during the opening session of a two-day conference in Juba, capital of South Sudan, Oct. 3, 2019. (Xinhua/Daniel Majak)


South Sudan's parties to the peace agreement vowed on Thursday to establish a new unity government on Nov. 12 despite challenges.

Martin Lomoro Elia, cabinet affairs minister said the Pre-Transitional National Committee is making efforts towards implementing fundamental provisions that will pave way for the formation of an inclusive government as stipulated in the peace deal.

Elia said the parties remained committed to ending violence in the oil-rich, but war-torn country, adding that the security arrangement continues to make positive progress.

"The outstanding issues facing the revitalized peace agreement will not prevent the parties from proceeding to establish the transitional government of national unity on Nov. 12 as the parties agreed," Lomoro told stakeholders in Juba.

The minister was speaking during a two-day conference organized by the ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation to brief foreign missions about the country's foreign policy.

He reiterated that the country will develop curriculum and syllabi for the training of the security forces.

"The pre-transitional issues that remain unresolved cannot stop the parties to the revitalized peace agreement from forming a unified government by the Nov. 12 deadline," said Elia.

Signatories to the fragile peace agreement on May 3 agreed to extend the formation of the transitional government by six months following delays in the implementation of the pact over unresolved issues.

South Sudan descended into conflict in December 2013 after President Salva Kiir sacked his deputy Riek Machar leading to fighting between soldiers loyal to both leaders.

The conflict killed tens of thousands and displaced millions both internally and externally.

A peace deal signed in 2015 collapsed after renewed violence in July 2016 forcing Machar to flee the capital Juba.

In September 2018, the warring South Sudanese parties also signed a revitalized peace deal, in which Machar will take up one of the four vice presidency positions in the transitional government. (Xinhua)

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