Joint statement by IGAD, R-JMEC, representatives of the African Diplomatic Community, Norway and UNMISS on the situation in Tambura – South Sudan

Juba, September 19, 2021: A joint delegation of international partners in the South Sudan peace process visited Tambura, Western Equatoria State, on September 16, 2021, to encourage peaceful solutions to the conflict that has resulted in the deaths and deaths of civilians, the displacement of more than 80,000 people, the destruction of private and public property and the suspension of humanitarian operations.
The delegation concluded that unless urgent measures are taken by the revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity to end the fighting, there is an imminent risk that further escalation will endanger vulnerable populations, exacerbate the conflict. dire humanitarian situation and threatens the successful implementation of the revitalized 2018 Agreement on Conflict Resolution in the Republic of South Sudan. From the engagements with local stakeholders, it has become clear that the root causes of the conflict can only be addressed through the full implementation of the Accord and, most urgently, the unification of forces and their deployment. .
The delegation included representatives of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC),
Ambassadors and diplomats from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Norway, Sudan and Uganda, the Acting Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
The delegation urges an immediate cessation of hostilities and welcomes the Presidency’s decision to investigate recent events through a Joint Defense Council team, led by Lieutenant-General Wesley Welebe.
It also awaits with interest the implementation by the Government of its recommendations, in particular the withdrawal of the fighting forces from the area and the recall to Juba of the leaders of the various factions.
The delegation calls on national and state governments to take immediate steps towards the separation of forces and to undertake initiatives of dialogue and reconciliation between communities to defuse tensions. The delegation calls on local authorities and community leaders to ensure the safety and security of aid workers so that life-saving assistance can resume in earnest.
The protection of civilians and assistance to internally displaced persons are primarily the responsibility of the Government. However, the delegation will continue to support the Government and people of South Sudan, including by strengthening the capacity of rule of law institutions.
The delegation commends UNMISS for its efforts to protect civilians, including the establishment of a temporary base in Tambura with increased patrols to deter violence and facilitate the collection of food and water by the local population, complemented by its engagement with political and traditional leaders to promote dialogue and reconciliation.
The mission was carried out as part of the continued efforts of UNMISS to strengthen cooperation and coordination with international partners to promote sustainable peace, security and development in South Sudan.

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