The representations of the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom in Juba echo the UN Security Council in its Presidential Statement of 8th October which noted that the Revitalised Agreement for the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) is an important step forward in the peace process that provides a window of opportunity to achieve sustainable peace and stability in South Sudan.
We commend the signatories to the R-ARCSS for the progress in the maintenance of the ceasefire since September 2018. We note that progress has been made on Transitional Security Arrangements. However, with only two weeks left in the extended Pre-Transitional Period, much remains to be done to fulfil the benchmarks in the R-ARCSS. We therefore join the UN Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) in urging the signatories to make continued and accelerated efforts in this regard. In particular, we echo the African Union PSC Communiqué of 15th October in encouraging the Government to expeditiously disburse the remaining funds pledged in May 2019 for the implementation of the R-ARCSS. We further call for progress in political dialogue to address the issue of the number of states and their boundaries.
We welcome the meetings in Juba to date of His Excellency President Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO Chairman Dr. Riek Machar and encourage more meetings between them, including other signatories to the R-ARCSS, as soon as possible to resolve the outstanding issues.
The Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) is due to be formed on 12th November according to the agreement of the parties in May 2019 to extend the pre-transitional period by six months. We view it as critical that the R-TGoNU be inclusive of all signatory parties, as stipulated in the R-ARCSS. We look forward to the Transitional Period which will move the country towards elections and also serve as a time for reform, reconciliation and healing. We look forward to engaging with the R-TGoNU on the implementation of all chapters of the peace agreement.
The people of South Sudan want peace and prosperity, and our countries and organisations are ready to support and promote this in various ways, in partnership with an inclusive R-TGoNU. We look forward to the anticipated peace and stability of the Transitional Period as an opportunity to invest in and provide further support to South Sudan and its citizens.