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With 15 months left, peace implementation tasks far from accomplishment: peace monitor

By Ruot George

Its barely 15 months to accomplish the peace implementation in South Sudan but critical tasks mandated by the peace deal remains untouched, the Interim Chairperson of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, Maj. Gen. Charles Tai Gituai, said.

The pace of implementation of the Revitalised Agreement of the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) is slow and time is running, Gituai said in a speech at the  5th Governors’ Forum held in Juba on Tuesday.

“Over the last three years since the R-ARCSS was signed, some peace dividends have been realized across the country, but much remains to be done,” he said.

“Within the current timelines of the R-ARCSS, we have barely 15 months until the end of the Transitional Period and yet some very critical tasks remain outstanding.”
Gituai recommended the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) to speed up the fast tracking of the ratification of all the approved bills, including the Permanent Constitution Making Process Bill 2021, finalising of the nominations and the establishment of the ad-hoc Judicial Reform Committee and making financial resources available for the completion of the Transitional Security Arrangements, including graduation and redeployment of unified forces, as well as for DDR programmes among others. He urged the peace partners to urgently resolve the outstanding issues of the ratio of the unified forces and unified command structure of the Necessary Unified Forces and expedite the establishment of the Board of the Special Reconstruction Fund.

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