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JUBA - 10 Jun 2021

Troika signs Juba Peace Agreement as witnesses

Troika, IGAD representatives at the signing ceremony in Khartoum [Photo: SUNA]
Troika, IGAD representatives at the signing ceremony in Khartoum [Photo: SUNA]

The members of the ‘Troika’ — the United Kingdom, the United States, and Norway on Wednesday signed the Sudanese Juba Peace Agreement as witnesses in a signal of political support to the agreement. 

In a statement to newsrooms, Troika said this further step demonstrates their commitment to the success of the deal and its potential to help meet the calls of the Sudanese people for freedom, peace, and justice, including for those affected by conflict in Darfur, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile states.

"We urge immediate steps to fully implement and adhere to the agreed timelines set forth in the transitional Constitutional Document and the Juba Peace Agreement, including the formation of key institutions such as the Transitional Legislative Council," the statement reads.

Troika has welcomed the agreement in October 2020.  

"We take this opportunity to commend the parties to the Agreement for the progress that has been made since October 2020, including the expansion of government to include wider representation. We also commend the progress made by Prime Minister Hamdok and the transitional government in delivering vital reforms that are essential for the transition to democracy to succeed, including economic and legal reforms," the statement continues. "We do, however, recognize that efforts to deliver key provisions of the Agreement must be increased, including the formation of the joint force and the establishment of the ceasefire monitoring mechanism to help protect civilians in Darfur from conflict and violence."

Troika called on the parties to prioritize accountability including for gender-based violence and conflict-related sexual violence, to strengthen the rule of law and protection of civilians. 

It further called for full, equal, and meaningful participation of women at all levels of governance and in the peace process. 

The three countries further welcomed the agreement on a Declaration of Principles between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North/Abdelaziz al-Hilu and encouraged both sides to reach an agreement on ending their conflict so all Sudanese can play a part in the transitional process. Troika also called on the Sudan Liberation Movement/ Abdulwahid al-Nur to begin talks as part of achieving a comprehensive peace involving all major armed movements.