Juba, October 20, 2019 (SSNA) — South Sudan’s main opposition leader, Dr. Riek Machar, told the a United Nations delegation that his party is not interested in rushing to form a transitional government by November 12 dateline, saying main provisions of peace agreement popularly known as ‘security arrangements’ must be fully implemented before a provisional government is formed.
Machar’s comment came hours after his face-to-face meeting with his political rival President Salva Kiir ended without any progress.
“If the government will be there on the 12th, we the IO won’t be there because we don’t want to put the country into crisis. We would opt out and contain the troops,” Dr. Machar told the UN Security Council, adding, “We have a volatile situation that we want to control. We want this country to be peaceful.”
The leader Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In opposition (SPLM/A-IO) disclosed to the 15-member Council that he and Kiir met with their peace implementation team sand that it is impossible to form a unity government in three weeks. The armed opposition leader also warned of unforeseen problems if the agreement is not implemented as stipulated in the pact.
“Suppose we form the government on 12 November, do you know what is going to happen?”, he asked.
Many foreign diplomates with the United Nations including U.S. ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft urged the two leaders to use the remaining time to expedite the implementation of outstanding issues.
Earlier today, an aide to the SPLM-IO leadership who attended Kiir-Machar’s face-to-face meeting told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) the government is using 2015-2016 delaying tactics to impede the implementation of the September 2018 revitalized peace agreement.