Nairobi peace talks to lay significant foundation for peace, says RJMEC

The recent launch of the peace talks in the Kenyan capital, between the transitional government and some hold-out opposition parties has been described as a milestone by the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring Evaluation Commission (RJMEC).
Charles Tai Gituai, Interim Chairperson of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (Photo by Awan Achiek).

By Awan Achiek

The recent launch of the peace talks in the Kenyan capital, between the transitional government and some hold-out opposition parties has been described as a milestone by the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring Evaluation Commission (RJMEC).

Charles Tai Gituai in a statement issued on Thursday in Juba, on the eve of the launch of the peace process by Kenya President William Ruto, said the High-Level Mediation for South Sudan in Nairobi, marks a significant step in laying the foundation towards achieving enduring peace and stability in the country.

“This bold and decisive step taken towards creating an opportunity for the government, the holdout groups and the people of the Republic of South Sudan to dialogue and chart the way forward in a peaceful manner for their country, is commendable,” Gituai said.

He said the talks should create a momentum for achieving inclusivity, build on tolerance, reconciliation and forgiveness, adding that having peace, justice and strong institutions in the country will promote stability, fairness and accountability, leading to sustainable development and a better quality of life for all citizens.

Gituai also outlined the critical pending tasks which are to be completed before the end of the transitional period.

“Against the backdrop of the fast-approaching end of the transitional period as per the Agreement Roadmap, RJMEC has continued to encourage the parties to the peace agreement to ensure that implementation of these tasks is expedited and completed, in order to lay a firm foundation for South Sudan’s transition to a democratically elected government,” he disclosed.

He urged the parties to engage constructively with one another while putting the interest of the people of South Sudan first.

“The success of the South Sudan Mediation Process in Nairobi has the potential to catalyze and build a momentum for implementation of the remaining pending tasks of the Revitalized Peace Agreement (R-ARCSS),” Gituai said, adding that peace in the Republic of South Sudan is paramount not just for the South Sudanese but also for the shared security and prosperity of the region.

The peace talks between the government and hold-out opposition parties under the South Sudan Opposition Movement Alliance (SSOMA) were initially mediated by the Catholi community of Saint Egidio in Rome, Italy.

The peace talks commence in late November 2019 in Italy but did not achieve much in terms of cessation of hostilities, as the National Salvation Front (NAS) continued to wrack havoc in Central Equatoria State in violation of the cessation of hostilities.

Among the opposition groups that are party to the peace process include Real-Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) led by Pagan Amum, and the South Sudan United Front  under Paul Malong Awan, former chief of staff of the South Sudan People’s Defense Force (SSPDF).

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