The European Union Delegation to the Republic of South Sudan, the Heads of Mission of France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden, and the Heads of Mission of Canada and Switzerland issue the following statement in South Sudan.
20 February, 2020 (thessherald) -The Heads of Mission recognise the important decision by President Kiir on Saturday 15th February on the issue of states. This is a significant step towards the formation of an inclusive Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) and towards the peace that the South Sudanese people so urgently need and so richly deserve.
There remain challenges and issues that will require further discussion and agreement among the parties to the peace agreement before and after the formation of the RTGoNU. Saturday’s announcement, including the Administrative Areas, requires additional dialogue among the parties. Many challenges also remain with respect to the Transitional Security Arrangements. We encourage parties to engage in these discussions as soon as possible, collaboratively and with a spirit of compromise.
We look forward to the expeditious formation of a fully inclusive RTGoNU. We are confident that the important role being played by Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, by the African Union and by their member states will continue in this regard.
The European Union, along with Canada and Switzerland, looks forward to working with the inclusive RTGoNU to strengthen our support to the people of South Sudan for social and economic development and for the full realisation of their human rights.