December 7, 2021 (KIGALI) – The deputy chief of strategy for Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC), Thomson Fontaine on Friday called for a “renewed drive” towards the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan.
He made the remarks at the end of a five-day post-conflict seminar for high-ranking military and political leaders from South Sudan in Musanze, Rwanda concluded on December 3, according to the RJMEC in a statement released on Tuesday, December 7.
The seminar aimed at identifying challenges and opportunities for post-conflict peacebuilding, reconstruction and stabilization of South Sudan. It was also an effort to enhance trust and confidence amongst South Sudan leaders while drawing on the unique experience of Rwanda in post-conflict resolution.
“Indeed, much remains to be done in restoring sustainable peace in South Sudan, but with your full involvement, and efforts to boldly confront the emerging challenges, I am confident that we will see the day when government structures are fully operational both at national and sub-national levels, unified national forces are deployed, a constitution-making process completed, refugees and the internally displaced have returned to their homes, transitional justice mechanisms become operational, economic and social reforms take root, and free and fair elections are held,” said Fontaine.
He added that the South Sudanese leaders should work together to ensure the achievement of lasting peace in South Sudan.
The five-day seminar entitled, “Senior Leadership Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, Reconstruction and Stabilization Course”, was organized by the peace monitoring body in partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA).