The European Union Ambassador to South Sudan Dr Sinead Walsh has called for an inclusive Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) as the country nears the deadline for the formation of the new unity government on 12 November.
Under the terms of the Revitalised Agreement for the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS), the signatory parties are to create a unified army and reach consensus over the number and boundaries of states before a transitional government could be formed. These tasks are yet to be completed just 12 days to the deadline.
Speaking on Radio Miraya's Breakfast show on Wednesday, Dr Walsh urged President Salva Kiir and the main opposition leader Dr Riek Machar to make some compromises in order to make some breakthrough on the outstanding issues. "I would appreciate seeing Dr Riek Machar back in Juba for more conversations; to try to come up with creative solution to where we are," Dr Walsh said.
The European diplomat says it would be impossible to fully resolve the outstanding issues by the deadline of 12th November, but the peace process can still progress if there is compromise and political will from all parties to find a way forward.
"It would be great to see the government release the remaining funds it pledged for the implementation of the peace agreement. We really want to see the spirit of inclusion and compromise. It is such political will that makes peace processes move forward," she said. "We look forward to an inclusive R-TGoNU."
She also noted that the European Union want to see South Sudan progress with the peace process so that they (EU) and South Sudanese can concentrate on issues such as economic recovery, rural development, and providing education through formal and alternative education programmes.
This however is only possible if there is relative peace and stability across the country.