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South Sudan yet to “enjoy the peace dividends” of the Peace Agreement

Communication Office

PRESS RELEASE

(For Immediate Publication)

 25 September 2017, Juba, South Sudan

JMEC to hold evaluation review workshop on the status of implementation of the ARCSS

South Sudan is yet to enjoy the peace dividends that the Agreement of the Resolution on the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) was expected to deliver, the Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) has said.

“The renewed conflict since July 2016, has not only impeded progress in the implementation of the Peace Agreement but also reversed many of the gains that had been initially made,” JMEC Chair H.E. Festus Mogae said.

“Conflict escalated, Parties fractured, new groups emerged, and civilian continued to be displaced and endure threat of food insecurity amidst a dire economic situation.”

He was speaking during an evaluation review workshop on the ARCSS on Monday. In March this year, six JMEC Working Committees were formed, whose tasks is to assess progress towards the implementation of the ARCSS, evaluate, support and recommend remedial actions to be taken.

Before compiling its reports, the Committees have since made a combined 38 meetings, engaged with the Transitional Government of the National Unity, other stakeholders and invited briefings from the key Agreement Institutions and Implementation mechanisms.

JMEC members including Parties to the Agreement, other South Sudanese stakeholders and adherents, regional guarantors and international parties and friends of South Sudan attended the one-day workshop.

“The findings will form a basis for JMEC’s report to IGAD on the status of the implementation of the Peace Agreement which is instrumental to the success of the revitalisation,” he said.

“I hope that the Committee’s assessment that enable the Parties, the region and all South Sudanese stakeholders to pursue the revitalization process from an informed point of view, and encourage them to take concrete steps to revitalize the implementation of the Peace Agreement without further delays,”

ENDS

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