OPINION: Parties to peace agreement should finalise accord
Although the government of South Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) signed the peace deal in 2018 – that is being implemented – a lot of good will is still needed from the concerned parties to finalise the accord.
For instance, the issue of the security arrangement and the graduation of the unified forces is still pending. Two years ago, the government and the SPLA-IO reached a consensus on implementing some of the resolutions in the agreement.
Among the vital issues are the appointment of the First Vice President, Dr Riek Machar, and other vice presidents in the Republic of South Sudan.
This was followed by the appointment of national ministers, state governors, and commissioners, among others.
However, the parties to the peace agreement did not address other key issues such as the security arrangements, particularly the graduation of the unified forces, which is the core of the implementation of the peace agreement in South Sudan.
These are other pending issues that the SPLM-IG and opposition groups, especially the SPLM-IO, needs to immediately work on.
For the sake of peace and stability, the parties, led by President, Salva Kiir Mayardit and First Vice President, Dr Riek Machar need to compromise to bring the conflict to an end.
The parties to the peace deal need to conclude the implementation of the peace arrangement by graduating the unified forces in the country and allowing peace to prevail.
They should ensure that the people of South Sudan are allowed to attain lasting peace in the country, by working for the common good of the South Sudanese people to realise their national development and their economic welfare.
By addressing these outstanding issues, such as the security arrangement and the graduation of unified forces in the country, the South Sudanese will now attain lasting peace and free themselves from the york of wars and conflicts.
Hence, it is good for the government and the SPLM-IO to work in a manner that brings the South Sudanese together as one people and one nation by ending the war in the country.