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Troika Statement: South Sudanese Government Formation

| Juba

The following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and the Kingdom of Norway.

The Troika welcomes the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity, with all Ministerial portfolios now allocated between the parties to the agreement. We congratulate the new Ministerial team and welcome the appointment of women as key Cabinet Ministers. We encourage the government to take the necessary measures for the inclusion of at least 35 percent women in the executive as outlined in the peace agreement. Expectations from the people of South Sudan are high, and the way forward fraught with challenges.

To succeed, the unity government and other stakeholders must ensure their deeds and words inspire collaboration and trust. The leadership must work together, genuinely united, to put their country firmly on the path towards peace and prosperity. They face an early and unprecedented challenge presented by the Covid-19 global pandemic, which will require a quick and decisive response, in co-ordination with international partners.

The Troika look forward to working in close partnership with a genuinely united government, as it establishes its priorities and starts to develop plans to deliver the R-ARCSS in full. This will require a sustained focus on building national security forces, ending corruption, and establishing political space and democratic institutions. To this end, we welcome the renewal of the UNMISS mandate; it will have a key role to play in this critical phase. The people of South Sudan have waited a long time for peace to come and to have a government that puts their needs first; the country’s political leaders owe it to them to ensure that their wait has not been in vain.