South Sudan opposition has welcomed recent statements by the United States (US) ambassador to South Sudan, H.E Thomas Hushek and the British ambassador to South Sudan, H.E Christopher Trott, as reported by Radio Tamazuj and VoA – South Sudan in Focus, on the 7th and 8th of October respectively.
This is according to a statement by South Sudan founding father’s son Garang Mabior de Garang who is also the Splm/a – IO National Committee for Information & Public Relations.
He said the regime in Juba has, perennially, taken advantage of the goodwill shown by the friends of South Sudan, plunging the nascent Republic into a vicious cycle of tribal war, making the country a failed state in the process.
The catalyst and impact of this conflict are well documented by the African Union Commission of Inquiry for South Sudan, the UN Panel of Experts, Amnesty International, the Enough Project (re The Sentry Reports) and other credible human rights organizations.
“What is imperative at this critical juncture is to find a way forward which conforms with the provisions of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).”
In this spirit, the statements by the US and UK ambassadors, will go a long way in highlighting and curbing the intransigence of a regime which has been flaunting and contravening the Agreement with impunity since we first signed it in 2015, he noted.
He said the leadership of the peoples’ movement is fully committed to the full implementation of the negotiated settlement in letter and spirit.
“As such, we concur with the positions and calls of the US and UK ambassadors on the urgent need to resolve the outstanding issues before the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) on November 12th 2019.”
“We would, however, like to remind the US and UK ambassadors that the regime has deliberately used their privilege of incumbency to impose unreasonable outstanding issues, which have become a major stumbling block to the peace process.”
According to Mabior, the Security Arrangements, including the issue of cantonment of forces, are clearly stipulated in Chapter II.
The Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements and the issues of number of states was resolved when the Independent Boundaries Commission (IBC) resolved – consistent with the aspirations of the peoples of South Sudan – to implement the Agreement based on the ten (10) states.
“There is; therefore, no genuine reason that the above-mentioned issues should be outstanding. Unless there is a hidden agenda by the traditional elite to derail the peace process, which promises to usher in radical reforms and fundamental change to an unbearable status quo in the country.”
He said the leadership of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) – the true voice of the civil population in South Sudan – would also like to take this opportunity to remind H.E. Amb. Thomas Hushek and H.E. Amb. Christopher Trott about the historic relationship of our peoples predating the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).
“We are hopeful that the US, UK and the international community shall not abandon the peoples of South Sudan at a time when our hard-won freedom has been hijacked by an antipeople clique whose aim is to pillage the country of its resources and haughtily annihilate our shared values.”
“The movement reiterates our full commitment to a peaceful resolution to the conflict through the categorical implementation of the provisions of the Agreement, including Chapter V. Transitional Justice, Accountability, Reconciliation and Healing.”