UN diplomat tells Machar they will provide his security
October 23rd 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – A United Nations diplomat has said that the United Nations can provides his security if he is not well going to Juba for unity government formation in November because security arrangement is not complete.
On Sunday, main armed opposition leader, Dr. Riek Machar, rejected the formation of the Reconstituted Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) in November because there is no unified army, police and national security service in place.
Machar also demanded that a dispute on the number and boundaries of states be first resolved before the parties could form the long-awaited transitional government of thirty-six months where Machar will deputies Kiir as first vice-president.
However, South African Ambassador to the United Nations Jerry Mathews Matjila says “the international community doesn’t see good reasons to delay the formation of the transitional government in South Sudan.”
“If any leader needs security, we will give security. The United Nations can provide security, so the major question was security. The government says we are committed, any number of people for protection is available.
“The remaining issues of the number of states, the boundaries and other things can be discussed by an inclusive South Sudanese government.”
The south African diplomat also said the council does not “anticipate that the remaining problems are so huge to not able South Sudan to move to November 12.”
Machar’s position was also echoed by the leader of National Democratic Movement (NDM) Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin who says he would not be a part of the government if the outstanding tasks are not implement.
President Salva Kiir has vowed to form the government without his rivals on November 12th in the case of rejection. The US had said they would not recognize a government that does not include other signatories to the revitalized peace agreement.