UNHCR URGES SOUTH SUDANESE PARTIES TO FULLY IMPLEMEMT PEACE DEAL THEY SIGNED

JUBA, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has called on South Sudan’s warring parties to the conflict to fully implement the revitalized peace agreement which they signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last week.

It said said in a statement issued in the South Sudan capital, Juba, that the signing of the landmark peace deal is a critical milestone towards a permanent ceasefire and lasting peace for millions of war-ravaged South Sudanese.

The peace process must include the voices of refugees and those displaced inside South Sudan to bring an end to years of senseless suffering, said Arnauld Akodjenou, the UNHCR special adviser on the South Sudan situation.

Leaders of South Sudan’s warring parties on Sept 13 signed a final power-sharing deal in Ethiopia, aimed at ending a civil war which has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced more than 4 million both internally and externally since 2013, just a year and a half after the country became independent after seceding from the Sudan.

Under the agreement, the peace partners are expected to form a new transitional unity government in the next eight months.

The UN agency called on all parties to the conflict to uphold the deal for South Sudan to maintain a sustainable and permanent peace.

“UNHCR stands ready to support all parties who genuinely strive to achieve an inclusive peace process, which includes a provision in the signed accord requiring the agreement be disseminated to the 2.5 million South Sudanese living in exile across six countries,” it said.

South Sudan descended into civil war in late 2013, and the conflict has created one of the fastest growing refugee crises in the world. A peace deal signed in August 2015 collapsed following renewed violence in the capital, Juba in July 2016.

Source: NAM News Network