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[Juba, South Sudan, TCT  By Francis Mading] The Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) held a meeting in Juba to discuss outstanding pre-transitional tasks ahead of the formation of a national unity government next month.

[Juba, South Sudan, TCT  By Francis Mading] The Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) held a meeting in Juba to discuss outstanding pre-transitional tasks ahead of the formation of a national unity government next month.

Speaking during the opening of the meeting that brought together parties to the peace agreement and other stakeholders, RJMEC Interim Chairperson, Amb. Lt. Gen. Augostino Njoroge said Thursday’s meeting was important because the extended pre-transitional period is due to end in less than four weeks.

“Ideally, at this stage we should all be excited with the real prospect of the RTGoNU (Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity) being formed, unfortunately, we still have a lot of work to do in the days ahead to cross this bridge,” he said.

Njoroge also highlighted progress so far made in the cantonment of forces.

“Out of the 25 designated cantonment sites for the opposition and 10 barracks for government forces, 24 cantonment sites and 6 barracks are operational,” he disclosed.

The senior RJMEC official, however, stressed the need to fast track registration and screening in the remaining sites, particularly components of the police and the national security.

Njoroge further stressed what he described as critical pending tasks vital to the formation of the national unity government, including the resolution of the number and boundaries of the States, enactment of the Constitutional Amendment Bill and other Bills, and agreement on allocation of ministerial portfolios.

Other issues are submission by the parties of their nominees for the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) to the National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC') and the complete demilitarization of civilian centers.

Meanwhile Njoroge said the incumbent government should, as a matter of urgency, avail more and adequate resources to the National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC) to facilitate on-going cantonment, concurrent training and deployment of forces.

“The parties should meet and resolve the issue of the number and boundaries of States without further delay,” he said.

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