Troika tells government to punish perpetrators of violence

By Bida Elly David

The Troika countries have warned South Sudan of crimes committed against humanity calling the leadership to quickly introduce punitive measures against the perpetrators especially individuals who continually incite violence in the Country.

In a statement seen by No.1 Citizen Daily Newspaper yesterday, the Troika countries which consist of the (United States of America, United Kingdom and Norway) strongly condemned the tragedies happening in South Sudan and called on parties to obey the agreement through harmony.

“We renew our call for the government to hold accountable, those who continue to incite violence and engage in intimidation to meet their own political aims and objectives. This can only be detrimental to the wellbeing of the people of South Sudan,” the statement partly read.

Troika stated that the peace agreement is in a slow move due to the continuous crimes that individuals have been committing against humanity noting that the citizens are the victims to such circumstances.

“The implementation of the peace agreement is not progressing with the necessary political will, as was assured by the government when it obtained a two-year extension of the transitional period,” it stated.

Troika further added that without tangible progress in the completion of the remaining provisions as a drive for democratic elections, the peace deal will suffer noting that leaders must commit themselves to bring everlasting peace.

“South Sudan’s leaders must focus on meeting their commitments to the people of South Sudan to implement the peace agreement and make sustained, tangible progress to completing the transition to a permanent, elected government acceptable to the people of South Sudan.”

The position statement underscored that the deadline of the roadmap is clocking thus government should speed up as the president declared no extension of another roadmap after the end of the transitional period.

“The Troika is looking to the transitional government to take concrete actions, propelled by a real and determined sense of urgency. Statements of intent must be quickly transformed into real-world deliverables. Only by doing so will the continuing hardships facing the people of South Sudan begin to be alleviated,” they noted.

Moreover, they said clear communication and proper consultation between parties to the agreement is paramount to achieve the peace deal without delays.

“Communication and proper consultation between parties is critical to achieving that outcome without further delays. We will view the manner and the speed with which the parties resolve the current issues as an indication of their political will to achieve these objectives,” they stated.

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