Troika And EU Terminates Accommodation Costs For SPLM-IO In Juba

The TROIKA States and the EU on Thursday announced that they will be ending funding for accommodation cost for the SPLM-IO in Juba as of today Friday.

TORIT, 21 January, 2016 [Gurtong] –In a statement released by the US embassy in Juba, the purpose of the support was to secure the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARC), and the full operationalization of the various committees as prescribed by the Agreement.

It further said that it was an exceptional one-time program which would be terminated on 22nd January, the date by which the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) is scheduled to be formed.

The United States and Norway, in coordination with the UK and the EU, contributed very substantial financial support for this complex operation, including buses to Gambella, flights to Juba and accommodation for 240 people.

The statement further said that support for all those now being provided accommodation in Juba will end but support to the peace process will not end.

‘It is an opportunity for the parties to demonstrate their commitment and find a solution that allows implementation to continue."

"It is with deep regret we take note of the current developments, where the process seems deadlocked."

"We urge all parties to do their utmost and act in accordance with the letter and the spirit of the peace agreement in order to meet the deadline and establish the TGoNU. The establishment of the TGoNU is the responsibility of the South Sudanese parties, and the financing, facilitation and security must therefore be the responsibility of the Republic of South Sudan," clarifies the statement in part.

Troika and the EU reiterated that they will continue to support the successful implementation of the Peace Agreement, working closely with regional and international partners through support to JMEC and the instruments established by the agreement.

The TROIKA States and the EU said they will only be able to mobilize additional external support and assistance if a TGoNU is formed and there is a sincere commitment by all parties to implement the agreement.

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