Troika Statement at Plenary of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC)
August 10, 2023
Mr. Chairperson, I would like to make a statement on behalf of the Troika.
Today, we mark over a year since the transitional government announced a 24-month extension to the Transitional Period.
The transitional government justified a 24-month extension of the transitional period on the basis of a clear timeline for a number of the transitional government’s own priorities in delivering free and fair elections, as set out in their ‘Roadmap,’ as well as on newfound political will.
However, there has been neither any meaningful progress since nor evidence of political will. Deadline after deadline has been missed: laws remain unpassed, commissions unformed, and implementation bodies unfunded.
The Troika wishes to express its continued support to the ongoing efforts of RJMEC under the leadership of the interim Chair, as well as for the remarks of Deputy SRSG Cong. However, over the past 12 months, the leadership of South Sudan have shown no sign of the commitment and willingness to make these meetings an effective forum for discussion and unlocking progress.
With less than 18 months left until elections are due to take place, we urge the parties to the agreement to demonstrate the political will needed to overcome differences and reach the compromises that will ultimately unlock progress. Without this, they will fail in their mandate to deliver a better future that the South Sudanese people want, and deserve through peaceful, free, fair and credible elections.