21st March 2019
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Int’l pressure needed to expedite peace – NPA

Authors: Emmanuel Akile | | Published: 1 month ago

Henriette Westhrin, NPA SG speaking during at a press conference in Juba | Feb. 2019 | Credit | Emmanuel Akile/Eye Radio

The Secretary of Norwegian people’s Aid says there is need for international pressure on the peace parties to speed up implementation of the peace agreement.

Henriette Westhrin call comes a week after President Salva Kiir criticized what he called ‘wait and see attitude’ the western and some European countries have adopted against the government.

Kiir said if the United States decided to give support to South Sudan, the rest would follow suit.

According to Westhrin, the pre-transitional period is coming to an end soon. Yet, they have not seen practical progress on the ground.

“I’ve not seen any improvements on how they are going to deliver on their promises, “she said.

Ms. Westhrin says South Sudanese are holding different opinions about the prospects of the peace implementation.

She told the media in Juba yesterday that while some people remain optimistic, others say they don’t see the needed improvement:

“I’ve heard different views. Some are very optimistic that now finally they have got peace. But others say they still don’t see the needed improvements.”