This article was last updated on May 27, 2022
In a press release that was issued on Monday the 15th marking one year of conflict in South Sudan, the two diplomats said that the hopes and promise of a peaceful independent state is now at grave risk if the leaders do not provide leadership.
Violence that erupted in Juba last December spread quickly, claiming the lives of thousands of men, women and children.
Since the beginning of the conflict almost 2 million people have been displaced from their homes, while residents in some parts of the country face the risk of famine.
The statement in part reads ‘‘”The tragedy is especially hard to accept because the violence was not imposed on South Sudan by outside forces; instead it was unleashed by a political dispute among the country’s leaders. Now, the responsibility is on their shoulders to halt the bloodshed and bring their country together. After months of delay and false pledges, both sides must return to negotiations, make necessary compromises and finally end this conflict without further delay. Barren vows and rosy words are not enough; too many people have died while too many promises have been broken. It is past time for South Sudan’s leaders to take responsibility and end the fighting.”
The two have asked the government of South Sudan to develop a transparent system for managing the country’s resources and agree on an inclusive constitutional drafting process that focuses on improvedgovernance.
They too stressed on the point of a reconciliation plan that must also be established, accompanied by efforts to investigate atrocities and ensure that those involved are held accountable for their crimes.
The United States and International partners have been committed in assisting South Sudan since independence.
They also said that they will continue to work in close cooperation with their regional and international partners, and continue to increase pressure on the parties until the violence ends.
They however, warned that those who choose the path of continued conflict and destruction will face greater consequences.