Juba, October 21, 2019 (SSNA) — The government of South Sudan needs to be isolated and treated as illegitimate by the international until it meets the needs of the South Sudanese, l former coordinator of the UN experts monitoring sanctions on South Sudan Klem Ryan says.
“They need to be treated as illegitimate through increased international isolation by the diplomatic community until such time as they show a genuine desire to meet the needs of the people of South Sudan,” Ryan said.
His comment came hours after the UN Security Council delegation met with President Salva Kiir, SPLM-IO leader Dr. Risk Machar, and other opposition leaders in Juba.
The meeting which seems to outrage millions of South Sudanese were designed to put pressure on the young nation’s leaders.
Many South Sudanese on social media appear to be particularly furious at South African and the U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations Jerry Mathews Matjila and Kelly Craft for the statements they made at the meeting.
Duop Chak Wuol, a prominent writer and the editor-in-chief of the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) wrote a scathing critique of the Council meeting hours after the meeting ended, describing it as “misguided” and suggests that some world leaders are complicit in the young nation’s civil war.
“The 2018 peace agreement was meant to silence the guns in South Sudan and reform the current dictatorial political system in the country. For a world body like the UN to go to Juba and endorse the formation of a provisional government by November 12 dateline while the main provisions popularly known as security arrangements of the pact are not implemented, it just does not send a wrong signal to the people of South Sudan, it confirms the widely held belief in South Sudan that some world leaders are complicit in the young nation’s civil war,” Duop wrote.
“Whether these leaders do it knowingly or unknowingly is a different topic. Those who think South Sudan’s atrocities are for sale should consult their consciences. If the UNSC is in bed with Salva Kiir, then the South Sudanese will never buy such a seemingly disgraceful relationship,” he added.
Duop also accused the world body of behaving like “an extension of Juba’s regime,” adding, “The Security Council must understand that they were part of a conspiracy that saw Machar narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in July 2016.”
South Sudan’s rival leaders met with their peace implementation teams on Sunday and were told conflicting assessments by the two teams. The government team told the two leaders that the implementation of the deal is going well and suggested that the formation of a transitional government should move forward. However, the armed opposition team disagreed, saying there is no significant progress made and recommended to the two leaders that more time is needed for the execution of the security arrangements.
The United Nations Security Council, however, insisted that they want a provisional government formed by November 12.