RJMEC Chairperson Maj. Gen. Charles Tai Gituai. (File photo)

‘Nairobi talks are a significant step for inclusive peace’

The commencement of the South Sudan peace talks in Kenya represents a crucial milestone toward establishing lasting peace, according to the RJMEC head.

The commencement of the High-Level Mediation for South Sudan in Nairobi, Kenya represents a crucial milestone toward establishing lasting peace and stability, according to the Interim Chairperson of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC).

During the launch of negotiations between the holdout groups and the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) in Nairobi on Thursday, May 9, 2024, Ambassador Major General (retired) Charles Tai Gituai remarked, “This courageous and decisive move toward facilitating dialogue among the Government, the holdout groups, and the citizens of the Republic of South Sudan is commendable.”

He emphasized, “These discussions should foster inclusivity, cultivate tolerance, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Recognizing that peace, justice, and robust institutions within a nation foster stability, fairness, and accountability, ultimately leading to sustainable development and an enhanced quality of life for all citizens.”

Ambassador Gituai also outlined critical pending tasks to be completed before the end of the Transitional Period.

“As the Transitional Period draws to a close according to the Agreement Roadmap, RJMEC has consistently urged the Agreement Parties to expedite and finalize the implementation of these tasks,” he stated.

Ambassador Gituai emphasized RJMEC’s belief that “the success of the South Sudan Mediation Process in Nairobi can accelerate and create momentum for implementing the remaining tasks of the Revitalized Peace Agreement (R-ARCSS).” He added, “Peace in the Republic of South Sudan is essential not only for South Sudanese citizens but also for the collective security and prosperity of our region.”

Ambassador Gituai appealed to all present parties to engage constructively, prioritize the interests of the people of South Sudan, and collaborate closely with the Mediation Team to achieve a positive and successful outcome for this noble effort.

South Sudan remains fragile despite the 2018 peace agreement, which is yet to be fully implemented. The country is expected to hold elections in December but key issues including a unified security force are yet to be resolved. The opposition has been calling for a speedy implementation of the peace agreement to pave the way for free and fair elections.