3 Jun 2020


Talks Continue As Machar Demands Delay Of Formation Of Unity Government

"Machar warned that if the security issues were not addressed, the country would see a repeat of fighting in 2016, when an earlier peace deal collapsed, forcing him to flee the country on foot under a hail of gunfire, and worsening the conflict."


AFP Reports from Juba :

 S. Sudan rebel leader seeks further delay to unity government

South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar said on Sunday that he wants to further postpone the formation of a power-sharing government, warning that rushing into the arrangement would lead to a disaster.

Machar, on a rare visit to Juba from exile in Khartoum for talks with his rival President Salva Kiir, met with a delegation from the UN Security Council which is visiting the country just three weeks before the unity government is to be formed on November 12.

The formation of the government has already been delayed once, in May, over crucial issues such as the formation of a unified army made up of rebel and government forces, and disagreements over state boundaries.

Machar warned that if the security issues were not addressed, the country would see a repeat of fighting in 2016, when an earlier peace deal collapsed, forcing him to flee the country on foot under a hail of gunfire, and worsening the conflict.

“Why do you want to repeat the same mistake?” Machar told the Security Council delegation, which is pushing for the government to go ahead, as South Sudan is currently home to the most expensive UN peacekeeping mission in the world.

Under the September 2018 peace deal, fighters from all sides are to be trained and deployed as an 83,000-strong unified army - a process that has been hampered by delays and lack of funding.
“If we don’t have a national army, police, security, how do you form the government? This morning president Kiir and I met the security chiefs and what we have found is that even in three months, we will not achieve that,” Machar said.

“We have critical issues that we have to resolve, the security arrangement has to be in place. If we are not there by the 12th when Kiir insists to form the government as he had threatened, don’t blame us.”

Kelly Craft, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said she was disappointed with Machar’s remarks.

“There is an opportunity for the political leaders in South Sudan to make political compromises and move forward to the next phase of the peace process in a credible, transparent and accountable manner,” she said.

Other signatories to the peace deal are divided between those who want a further delay and those who want to push forward with the formation of the government.

Lam Akol Ajawin, the leader of another rebel group, the National Democratic Movement, said: “Why don’t we give ourselves let’s say two months in order to resolve the issues of security arrangement and the number of states rather than form the government that will collapse in two months.”
Kiir and Machar are expected to continue talks on Monday.

South Sudan’s war, which broke out two years after the country achieved independence in 2011 after a falling out between Kiir and Machar, has left nearly 400,000 dead and displaced nearly four million people.

Last Update: Monday, 21 October 2019 KSA 23:56 - GMT 20:56


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21/10/2019, 10:09 AM
 - Posted by Jacob Akol
View by Aldo Ajo Deng Akuei: The contentious “...remaining issues like security and states boundaries shall be addressed by inclusive government of national unity.” An official message from the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). It is this body which is the sole authority for the world security.

This statement by the UNSC, is automatically or directly/indirectly, renders the whole World’s support, with the US, UK, France, Russia and China backing.

This means that the UNSC has intervened officially in the implementation of the R-ARCSS, through IGAD/AU and the political parties-signatory to the peace-deal. It was only opposed by Dr. Riek Machar Teny’s SPLM IO, citing a minority vote. It follows that the majority decision prevails. The SPLM IO therefore, is expected to accept the decision, in terms of democratic disciplines worldwide.

The SPLM IO has no reason from now on, to continue violence or political anarchy in the country. I expect Dr. Riek Machar to acknowledge his achievements: (a) UNSC intervention to secure individuals politicians physically and (b) UNSC to participate, along with the incoming R-TGoNU to fund and stabilise security arrangements and assist in resolving the differences surrounding the states boundaries and borders.

In my opinion Dr. Riek has no political ground to reject the formation of R-TGoNU on time. I believe Riek has not abandoned his drive for the”regime change” only through force of brutal arms. Riek is now opening a new violence phase again. His political anarchy must be rejected by the SPLM IO themselves. Any new violence against the Republic of South Sudan, shall be a violence against the UNSC and AUSC establishments.

As a political analyse, I hereby advise Dr. Riek not to confront the world security, but to allow his party into the unity Government for people and democracy.
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