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US, Britain, Norway express concern over South Sudan agreement

The countries questioned 'how meaningful checks will be placed on executive power' in a power-sharing government.

In this file photo taken on 7 July 2018 President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir (R), shakes hands with opposition leader Riek Machar (L) during peace talks at Uganda's statehouse in Entebbe where they were received by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (C). Picture: AFP

WASHINGTON - The United States, Britain, and Norway jointly expressed concern on Friday over an agreement between South Sudan’s feuding sides to establish a power-sharing government, saying the arrangements were not realistic or sustainable.

“Given their past leadership failures, South Sudanese leaders will need to behave differently and demonstrate commitment to peace and good governance,” the three countries said in a joint statement.

The countries questioned how security would be provided during the transition period in the capital Juba and “how meaningful checks will be placed on executive power.”

They also emphasised the need for a reduction in violence and urged leaders to ensure full humanitarian access.

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