South Sudan’s peace process could become non-viable if it did not ramp up the pace.
Since its independence, South Sudan has faced conflict, starvation, and persistent political and economic crises.
The United Nations cautioned South Sudan’s leaders on Wednesday that the young country’s delicate peace process was in jeopardy owing to poor progress, asking for “new urgency” to restart discussions.
Since its independence in 2011, the world’s newest country has been plagued by chronic instability, including a horrific five-year civil war between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar that claimed almost 400,000 lives.
Bickering between different groups hampered the 2018 agreement that ended the conflict, and crucial elements of the accord have yet to be implemented.
The UN’s special envoy to South Sudan, Nicholas Haysom, warned the process risked becoming non-viable if it did not ramp up the pace.
At a news conference, he said, “The parties must inject new impetus into the process and display the persistent, united political will to conclude important aspects of the agreement.”
“To put it simply, there can no longer be a ‘business as usual’ attitude.”
Haysom also issued a warning about the country’s serious flooding disaster, which has displaced over 800,000 people after six months of relentless rain.
“The situation can only be described as grave. The floodwaters have not receded, and hundreds of thousands of people are still stranded and in dire need of help “He said.
Since its hard-fought independence from Sudan in July 2011, South Sudan has faced conflict, starvation, and a chronic political and economic catastrophe.
As public dissatisfaction grows, some residents advocate for a nonviolent public revolt to depose the incumbent leadership, declaring that they have “had enough.”
At least 32 people were murdered in the fights, according to Machar, who said the squabbles were intended to impede the creation of a unified military forces command, a critical component of the peace agreement and a possible bulwark against future bloodshed.