But political commentator James Okuk said the peace deal had not brought much benefit to the people of South Sudan because important provisions had not been implemented. Okuk, who is also the principal investigator at the Center for Strategic Policy Studies, a Juba-based think tank, expressed concern that the revitalized peace agreement would not be fully implemented within 36 months, as the parties lost 24 months without accomplishing much. He said that there could be no development without peace and peace without just and equitable development, all of which would contribute to democracy. He added that the country was waiting for the two rebel leaders who did not sign the agreement – Abdel Aziz Helou and Abdel Wahad Nour – to join him. “The relaunch of the peace agreement did not progress as planned and the two years were wasted just to talk about chapter one,” Okuk said. The leader of one of the factions that signed the joint peace agreement, Arko Minawi, stressed that it was a step in the right direction. CAIRO – Leaders of Sudan`s interim government and a number of rebel groups signed a peace agreement Saturday in Juba, South Sudan`s capital, that observers hope will end nearly two decades of conflict in war-torn areas, including Darfur. Activists said that since the signing of the peace agreement in 2018, South Sudan has not changed much because of violence, economic distress and human rights violations. Shearer said the coronavirus outbreak had slowed down the implementation of the peace agreement, “but the pandemic is not the only one to blame.” The SRF includes rebel groups from the war-torn western Darfur region, as well as the Southern Blue Nile and South Kordofan states. At a ceremony in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, representatives of the transitional government and rebel groups signed the agreement a year after peace talks began at a ceremony in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, according to an AFP journalist at the scene. The agreement contains conditions for integrating the rebels into the security forces, for political representation and for economic and land rights. A new fund will provide $750 million per year to poor areas of the South and West for 10 years, and the possibility of return for displaced people is also guaranteed.
At least 48 people have been killed and many others injured in ethnic violence in Darfur. The violence comes less than a week after a peace deal between the government and rebel groups in the troubled region. The peace agreement covers a number of sensitive issues, ranging from land ownership, reparations and compensation to prosperity, power-sharing and the return of refugees and internally displaced persons.