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South Africa pledges support for peaceful transition in South Sudan

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South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa and his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir. (Facebook/Office of the South Sudan President)

South Africa, under the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa, has reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to supporting South Sudan in achieving a peaceful transition as the country nears the end of its transitional period.

In a statement delivered by South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, President Ramaphosa expressed his country’s dedication to providing all necessary support to ensure a democratic and peaceful conclusion to this crucial phase in South Sudan’s history.

During his recent visit to South Sudan, President Ramaphosa engaged with President Salva Kiir and other key stakeholders to receive a comprehensive briefing on the progress of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

South Africa pledges support for peaceful transition in South Sudan www.whoownsafrica.com
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and South Sudan President Salva Kiir.

This agreement, signed in September 2018, is slated to conclude on February 22, 2025, with upcoming elections scheduled for December 2024.

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As discussions on the implementation of the peace agreement continue, President Ramaphosa emphasized the importance of constructive dialogue among all parties involved to address any lingering issues and move toward a consensus. The ultimate goal is to ensure that the people of South Sudan can transition peacefully and democratically to the next phase of their nation’s development.

With South Africa set to hold general elections in May this year, President Ramaphosa highlighted the significance of upholding democratic principles and allowing the people to exercise their right to choose their leaders.

President Ramaphosa recently announced that the South Africa will be holding general elections in May this year, allowing their people to exercise their democratic right to choose their leaders.

He also mentioned that the National Elections Commission of South Sudan will be observing the elections as part of the African Union Elections Observation Mission, demonstrating the commitment to transparency and fairness in the electoral process.

The upcoming elections in South Sudan are eagerly anticipated by its citizens as it marks the end of a transitional period and a significant step towards democracy.

President Ramaphosa emphasized the importance of ensuring credible elections by addressing key issues such as the adoption of a permanent constitution and security arrangements, as outlined in the revitalized agreement.

He also acknowledged the efforts made by parties in engaging in dialogue to reach consensus on these crucial matters.

However, he cautioned that lasting peace, stability, and development in the region will depend on how collective leadership navigates the challenging times ahead.

South Africa pledges support for peaceful transition in South Sudan www.whoownsafrica.com
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa and his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir. (Facebook/Office of the South Sudan President)

President Ramaphosa expressed deep concern over the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Sudan, emphasizing the need for continued efforts to address these issues for the benefit of the entire region, including South Sudan.

The speaker emphasized the importance of IGAD and the AU in resolving the conflict in Sudan, highlighting the need for their efforts to be intensified.

The formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity in South Sudan on Feb. 22, 2020, marked a significant milestone in the peace process.

This government had been long-awaited and was a crucial step towards implementing the R-ARCSS agreement signed between the government and opposition parties.

This agreement aimed to end the years of destructive conflict that had resulted in the loss of thousands of lives and the displacement of millions of people.

The formation of the RTGoNU was a hopeful sign that peace and stability could be restored in the region, with the support and guidance of regional and continental organizations like IGAD and the AU.

This commitment to democratic values extends beyond South Africa’s borders as the country stands in solidarity with South Sudan in its quest for stability and progress.


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