Following our statement of 23 March 2022, the Troika countries (United States, United Kingdom and Norway) welcome the announcement by the Parties on their recent agreement to progress the implementation of the security arrangements set out in Chapter II of the Revitalized Agreement for Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS). 

We commend the spirit of compromise shown to reach this agreement, which highlights the importance of the leadership of the Parties coming together to overcome hurdles on the path to an enduring peace. 

The Troika welcome the decision by SPLM/A-IO to re-engage with the monitoring and verification mechanisms set out in the R-ARCSS and the re-commitment by the Parties to respect the ceasefire and desist from encouraging defections. 

The graduation of Necessary Unified Forces will be a significant step forward for the implementation of R-ARCSS. With less than a year left of the transitional period, whole-hearted commitment is critical to ensure the newly agreed timeline on security arrangements is met. 

The Troika will continue to support the Parties in their efforts to achieve a stable, peaceful society and meet the commitments they have made to the people of South Sudan.