The United States, United Kingdom and Norway (the Troika) congratulate the Sudanese as they celebrate the first anniversary of the signing of the Juba Peace Agreement (JPA) on October 3, 2020. This historic agreement responds to the appeals of the Sudanese people for freedom. , peace and justice, especially from those affected by conflict across Sudan.
We commend the JPA signatories for maintaining their partnership and now urge the parties to re-commit to fully implement the agreement.
The Troika welcomes the progress made in transitional justice, in particular the government’s cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC). We welcome the Cabinet’s stated commitment to hand over former President Omar Al Bashir and other former officials with international arrest warrants, and urge the government to act swiftly on this commitment and move forward with the establishment. of the Special Tribunal for Darfur. Due process will bring justice to the victims and start the process of reconciliation.
We are, however, deeply concerned about the delays in implementing the commitments made a year ago. This includes the establishment of the Peace Commission, the Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanism, the Transitional Legislative Assembly and the establishment of the Darfur Security Maintenance Forces and JPA security arrangements. Progress is needed now. We urge all JPA signatories to show leadership and work together to refocus on implementation to ensure much-needed peace and security. Special efforts must be made to achieve the ambitious goals set in the Constitutional Declaration and the JPA for the participation of women.
The Troika is disappointed with the loss of momentum in the peace negotiations with the SPLM-N-Abdelaziz Alhilu. We urge President Alhilu and the Sudanese government to return to Juba and negotiate on the basis of the Declaration of Principles of March 2021. Finally, the Troika notes with concern the growing unrest in eastern Sudan and condemns the actions that threaten the stability and economy of Sudan. We encourage the government and all parties in the East to engage in dialogue to address legitimate grievances on the basis of the Constitutional Declaration and the JPA.
The Troika remains committed to helping the Government of Sudan and the JPA parties realize their vision of a lasting peace within the democratic transition agreed to in 2019. A lasting peace will require dedicated and Sudanese-led efforts to achieve implement the APP in a timely manner so all can benefit from equitable development, a new constitution, equal citizenship and the opportunity to choose a democratically elected government. The Troika looks forward to continuing to support the parties and all Sudanese in achieving lasting peace.