US diplomat urges region to pressure Kiir, Machar

Photo: President Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar speak to reporters after their meeting in Juba on December 17, 2019 | Credit: Eye Radio

January 4th 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – A US diplomat has urged the region and South Sudan’s neighbors to pressure the parties to the revitalized peace agreement signed in September 2018 to end the six-year-old civil war.

In a statement, Nagy Tibor, who is the American Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs said the region should hold President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar accountable.

“IGAD secretariat should hold President Kiir and Dr Machar accountable and urge compromise,” Tibor said.

“Dismayed that with less than 50 days remaining, South Sudan’s leaders have failed to resolve the issues to form a national unity government” he added.

The Troika in its statement on Thursday welcomed the commitment made by Kiir and Machar to form a government of national unity by the February deadline even if they did not complete the implementation of the critical issues.

Also, due to the fragile security situation in the country, they recalled the two parties to remain committed to the ceasefire agreement which is considered by the region’s leaders as the most important achievement until now.

 

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