Juba, April 22, 2019 (SSNA) — South Sudan’s government and the main opposition party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) have accused each other of not being serious about the implementation of the September 2918 peace agreement.
The accusations come as the May 12 stipulated in the deal as the date to form a provisional government approaches.
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has stepped up call for the SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar to come to Juba to form a unity government. In his Easter message, Kiir for the second time urges Dr. Machar to come to Juba to form a government.
“On the occasion of Easter as your leaders, we are working together to bring peace to our country. It is not too late, I am inviting Dr. Riek Machar to urgently return to Juba so that we can work together to expedite the process of forming the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity,” Kiir said.
President Kiir also asserts that Machar should come to Juba if he is serious about peace implementation.
However, the SPLM-IO fired back, calling on Kiir to follow peace provisions as stipulated in the deal. The armed opposition told Kiir that there is no need to form the government at this time because the security arrangements must be the first to be implemented.
The SPLM-IO also requested that a six months extension is needed to implement peace provisions before a transitional government is formed, accusing the government of trying to pursue “shortcuts” to achieve peace.