By Bida Elly David
The Ambassador of the United States of America to South Sudan has reiterated that his Country has accepted to extend their support to South Sudan based on the condition that all parties to the agreement show commitment to speed the peace process for better progress.
This development arose during a meeting between the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan and the Ambassador of the United States of America to South Sudan.
The government of the United States of America earlier had withdrawn their funding to the peace mechanisms after realizing that R-JMEC had developed slow motion and move towards facilitating the peace implementation process.
The significant funding withdrawal left the peace implementation monitoring body R-JMEC with no option rather than demonstrating commitment to collaborate with the government in the process.
The US Envoy’s meeting with Dr. Riek deliberated on the recent status of the peace roadmap signed by the parties who were signatories to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) and how they should demonstrate commitment to the roadmap to ensure that it is implemented rather than being taken for granted.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, Michael J. Adler, the newly appointed Ambassador of the United States to South Sudan reaffirmed America’s support to South Sudan and saying his government would be in position of withdrawal any time from now in case of passive and dormant progress in the peace roadmap.
He stressed that all the signatories to the agreement should invest much of their efforts to ensure speedy implementation of the roadmap in order to gain trust from partners who would be enthusiastic to aid the Country in various ways.
Furthermore, he appreciated the government especially the Office of the First Vice President for having welcomed him to the Country to execute his duties that have been mandated to him by his Country for the sake of the common good between the two governments.
He demonstrated his positive interest to jointly work with the government to ensure that the Country experience everlasting peace to boost economic and cultural progress to benefit the entire citizens of South Sudan abroad and within.
Meanwhile Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the First Vice President commended the government of the United States for having showed the will to support the Country in various ways.
He appreciated the American government for having played a bigger role for South Sudan to achieve its independence from the then Sudanese regime.
He called on them to really aid in funding the security arrangement process through provision of non-lethal items such as food and medication to ensure the completion of the security arrangement segment through the graduation of the unified forces.