United to End Genocide welcomes the signing of the cessation of hostilities between the Government of South Sudan and the opposition led by former Vice President Riek Machar.
The agreement, including status of key detainees, is an important step toward addressing the violence that has devastated South Sudan since mid-December. However, several issues remain to be addressed and support from the United States and other key actors will be essential.
Tom Andrews, President of United to End Genocide, said, “There are several big questions that loom as the difficult process of implementation and reconciliation begins. How is the international community going to monitor and verify the agreement? What is the role of civil society, which was not represented at the negotiating table? How will assistance reach the half million people displaced by the recent violence? And how do we ensure accountability for the atrocities committed on both sides?”
“How will the international community support this latest step toward peace?” added Dan Sullivan, United to End Genocide’s Director of Policy and Government Relations. “The UN Security Council acted relatively quickly to authorize an additional 5,500 peacekeepers to protect civilians in South Sudan. However, implementation has been slow. The United States and other key actors should fully support the UN mission through rapid deployment and logistical assistance so that it can carry out its mission of civilian protection. The United States should further signal its support of the latest step towards peace by increasing its diplomatic and aid presence in the country both in Juba and other parts of the country.”