UN urges South Sudan parties to unite over unity government formation

UN Security Council delegation (Credit: Radio Tamazuj)

October 21st 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) delegation currently in South Sudan has urged South Sudan’s parties to unite and form government by November 12th for the sack of their people.

A delegation of the UN visited Juba on Sunday and met President Salva Kiir and the parties to revitalized peace agreement signed in September last year to end the ongoing civil war which began in December 2013.

The parties are currently on a loggerhead over critical pre-transitional tasks supposed in place by now. The government wants the unity government formed while opposition groups such as SPLM-IO led by Dr. Riek Machar and NDM led by Dr. Lam Akol wants the actions postponed to enable for the completion of the tasks.

These tasks includes the security arrangement in which the parties form a one professional national army, police and national security. The parties also need to decide on the number of states which has been a subject of dispute between the signatories of the agreement.

Speaking to reporters following a join meeting with the signatories to the revitalized peace agreement in Juba on Sunday, South African Ambassador to the UN and leader of the delegation Jerry Matthews Matjila said implementing the remaining security issues was not impossible saying the remaining time was enough to do so.

What Dr. Riek Machar is asking is not impossible to do in the next three weeks but need the political leaders to say (we are) going to do it,”Matthews said. “We expect both the government and the oppositions to unify together and to be able to put their people first.” she said.

South Sudan descended ,into a bloody civil war in December 2013 following a dispute at a National Convention of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

The the dispute let to a split in the party triggering split in the army along ethnic lines with the Dinka members of the army supporting Kiir against their Nuer conterparts who support Machar.

A 2015 peace agreement collapsed in July 2016 and a revitalized version of that agreement dubbed as Revitalized Agreement for the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) was signed by the parties in September 2018 in Addis Ababa.

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