South Sudan parties sign ceasefire in Rome

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By Radio Miraya

South Sudan parties have Monday signed a declaration in Rome, capital of Italy agreeing to cease hostilities.

The Government and other opposition groups signatory to the Revitalized Peace agreement, started meeting with non-signatories factions of Thomas Cirillo, Paul Malong, as well as Pagan Amum in Rome last week.

The ceasefire will take effect from Wednesday this week.

Victoria University

Presidential Advisor on Security Affairs, Tut Gatluak, has said that arrangements towards the formation of the national Unity government in February are in top gear.

Tut said all forces have reported to the cantonment sites, and their joint integration in training centres is progressing well.

Formation of necessary unified forces and number of States and their boundaries are outstanding issues facing the parties to the agreement.

Since 2013, South Sudan, the youngest nation in the world has been caught up in a civil war. However, in September 2018 the two opposition leaders, President Salva Kiir, and his former vice-president, Reik Machar signed the

Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

Since then both parties have been seeking to implement the Pre-Transitional period agreements to help bring peace and unity to the country.

Kiir and Machar

In August 2019, members representing the different parties of the agreements came to Rome to Sant’Egidio’s center.

There they have been discussing the extended transitional period agreements in order to meet its deadline on Nov. 12; and to receive the support of the international community.

According to one of the members, some significant steps have been made since the signing of the agreements.

In April of the same year, Pope Francis held a two-day spiritual retreat with the two opposition leaders to encourage further the path to peace.

It ended with the Pope kneeling down before President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar and kissing their feet.

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