Addis Ababa/Juba, October 11, 2019 (SSNA) — The president of South Sudan Salva Kiir has accused some unnamed Western countries of being not happy with ways parties to the agreement reached a conclusion, a speech obtained by the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) shows.
The accusation comes as Western powers, particularly Troika countries (the United States, Norway, and the United Kingdom) step up pressure on the South Sudanese rival leaders. The U.S. ambassador to South Sudan has recently warned that it is ready to impose “serious sanctions” on South Sudan if Kiir’s government refuses to fully implement the agreement. the US State Department has also echoed ambassador assertion, saying Washington is not interested in going more time to parties to peace and that all options including the travel ban, assets freeze, and other means are on the table.
Kiir made the remarks at an event organized by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, in Addis Ababa to honor Ethiopian Unity Park on Wednesday.
In the speech, Kiir talked about how and why South Sudanese and Ethiopians have close relations. He described the relationship as a “blood relationship.” Kiir also claimed that the most important parts of the peace deal have already been implemented. He then accused some “Western circles” of being not happy with the way he and his political rivals successfully executed the agreement. Kiir did not provide details on why he believed he and his adversaries have already implemented the deal.
In his speech, Kiir told East African leaders that he will soon meet with South Sudan’s opposition leaders in Juba to work our ways to finalize the agreement and that a transitional government will for formed by November 12 dateline.
This is not the first time South Sudan accuses the West of wrongdoing. Early this year, information minister Miceahl Makuey accused Troika, particularly the United States of working aginst peace in South Sudan. Micheal Makuey accusation surprised many analysts because the announcement came just days after the US said it will not provide funding for peace implementation.