11 February, 2019, Juba: The IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan reviewed the implementation of the R-ARCSS in Juba and interacted with a cross section of key partners including government, organizations and institutions charged with the implementation of the peace agreement.
The Special Envoy noted that there is a considerable progress and sustained national goodwill and public confidence-building towards the implementation of the R-ARCSS.
“The transitional security mechanisms have now been established and are functional. This development has significantly contributed to the prevailing atmosphere of national confidence and public trust. The improving security situation builds on the momentum of the R-ARCSS and will positively impact the national security and stability,” said Amb. Ismail Wais.
However, Amb. Ismail decried the insecurity associated with the holdout groups in Yei River State and stated that plans are underway to engage the non-signatories in order to enable them to participate in the peace process.
The Special Envoy lauded the launching of the National Women Peace Campaign which reinforces the integration and inclusion of women in the ongoing national efforts to forge national cohesion and reconciliation.
The Special Envoy commended the National Pre-transitional Committee (NPTC) for finalizing its budget and said that the funds will be released as soon as possible to enable NPCT discharge its duties.
The Special Envoy met with members of the Pre-Transional Committee to discuss about the progress of the peace agreement
“There are teething funding constraints affecting the implementation timeline, but I am pleased with the positive gesture from the Government of Japan which has injected an initial one million USD to kick-start the operations of the NPTC which will go a long way in setting the stage for the operationalization of the NPTC and its constituent implementing mechanism.