Washington, DC, November 25, 2015 (SSNA) — The Troika countries namely, the United States, Norway, and the United Kingdom have issued a joint statement expressing concern and dissatisfaction over the failure by South Sudan’s warring factions to form a transitional government within the agreed timeframe.
The three nation bloc released the statement on Friday urging South Sudanese rival leaders and former political detainees to form a transitional government.
“The United States joins our Troika partners, the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Norway, in expressing deep concern that South Sudan’s leaders have not formed a new transitional government within the agreed 90-day timeline of the August peace agreement,” Troika said.
Troika also stated its concern over the continuous fighting, abuses and humanitarian situation in South Sudan.
“Each day, the fighting and abuses continue, and an already grave humanitarian situation grows worse. We urge South Sudan’s leaders to establish the transitional government now and recommit to the timeline of the agreement, or the peace process will unravel,” the statement added.
Troika praises the Chairman of Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Festus Mogae for announcing a meeting designed to lay groundwork for the implementation for the fragile peace deal. Troika also calls all parties to the conflict to attend the conference which is slated to take kick off in Juba on the 27th of November 2015, adding that those who decide not to participate in the meeting will be delaying the peace implementation and prolong the suffering of the people of South Sudan.
Troika countries are part of the IGAD-Plus formed after IGAD-mediated peace talks collapsed in March.
The IGAD-Plus’s compromise peace agreement which was signed by South Sudanese rival factions in August calls for the formation of a transitional government within 90 days.