S. Sudan rights body welcomes the agreement on the states’ allocation

President Salva Kiir Mayardit and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar after concluding a face-to-face meeting in Juba (Photo: File)

June 19, 2020 (Juba)-The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) welcomes and applauds the parties for reaching an agreement on the allocation of states on 17th June, 2020.In a press statement by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, the Incumbent Transitional Government of National Unity (ITGoNU) will take Northern Bahr El Ghazel State, Warrap State, Lakes State, Eastern Equatoria State, Central Equatoria State and Unity State, while the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) takes Western Bahr El Ghazel State, Western Equatoria State and Upper Nile State and South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) slated to take Jonglei State.

CPA’s executive director, Ter Manyang Gatwech says: “despite this being a goodwill gesture from the parties, the Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) would like to categorically make it clear to the parties that signed the R-ARCSS that this breakthrough is not by any chance a favor to the South Sudanese, but a necessity because the South Sudanese populace is still suffering due to the unwilling and intransigence of the parties to implement an agreement they have penned and consented to implement. ”

“This breakthrough could not have come at a much better time than now. With the rampant insecurity witnessed countrywide, communal conflicts at a rise, the COVID-19 cases surging and with natural disasters like floods threatening the devastated country, this is a positive step in the right direction.”

“Therefore, the Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) strongly calls on the parties to the agreement that they expedite the implementation of the agreement’s other outstanding issues like the security arrangement and constitutional amendment among others so that the country is set back to the path of normalcy. The R-ARCSS lays the foundation for a united, peaceful and prosperous society based on justice, equality, respect for human rights and the rule of law. For that reason, if his agreement is implemented in letter and spirit, it then averts the country from the past desolate and dark past.”

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