Press Release

South Sudan: Failure of Government of South Sudan and Opposition to Form TGNU

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Press Statement

John Kirby
Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC

April 24, 2016

The United States is disappointed by the continued failure of the Government of South Sudan and by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement -SPLM/A-IO (IO) to form the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGNU) and implement the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan.

Yesterday, the government denied landing permission to flights for the return of opposition leader Riek Machar. This interference resulted in the failure to meet the deadline in the compromise proposal put forward by the regional and international partners of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission that was agreed to by both sides. We have previously condemned obstruction by the IO, including the arbitrary demand by Riek Machar that more forces and heavy weapons than was previously agreed precede his arrival to Juba.

Despite the best efforts by South Sudan’s neighbors, the Troika, United Nations Mission in South Sudan, China, the African Union, the European Union and, most importantly, by South Sudanese advocating for peace, leaders on both sides have blocked progress.

The United States will continue to work with those who are sincerely committed to implementing the Agreement, particularly its provisions for reform of the security sector and public finances and for reconciliation and accountability.

The scope of future U.S. engagement in helping South Sudan confront the country’s security, economic and development challenges, however, will depend on the parties demonstrating commitment to work together to implement the Agreement. We have been working intensively with our partners, especially Ethiopia, to facilitate Riek Machar’s return. Given the actions by both sides to prevent or delay his return, it is now time for the parties to assume primary responsibility for facilitating the return of Riek Machar to Juba to form the TGNU and to demonstrate that they are genuinely committed to peace.

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GatNor April 24, 2016 at 11:53 pm

US is full of it. US should be backing this genocides regime of South Sudan government but have done so from the get go.

The audacity of Mr Obama’s current government’s stands on South Sudan affairs falls flat on its face.

USA’s support to dictators and mass murderers like Kiir and Kaguta Museveni only weakens their position in the region.

The double standard of leaning support toward South Sudan government that terrorizes it’s citizens automatically puts US at odds with its moral principal of exporting democratic values to the region Africa at large. It is obvious that for some strange and unjustifiable reasons, United States is a sympathizer of South Sudan regime of terror who by far have the worst human right records.

Have the US act firmly against these violations and abuses as a self proclaimed world police? The answer is NO. US has rather fuelled the conflict in South Sudan with unhelpful statements that discourages any regime change and encouraged Uganda’s unjustified occupation of South Sudan’s sovereign territory to indirectly support tyrant Kiir prolonging his dictatorship rule.

chuolpur April 25, 2016 at 12:57 am

for those who blame Machar for his delays is not him who postponed his going to capital Juba if u read the government his statement from 18April up to today one should talks today instead to blame Dr.Machar the delays is Salva and his government for the clearance approvals of the Io airplanes plus verification of weapon.

GatNor April 25, 2016 at 4:39 pm

Ofcourse Machar’s anticipated return travel to Juba is frustrated & tactically delayed by Juba regime.

Apparently, whenever Juba violate signed agreements and massacre ethnic citizens on claiming “spoiled coup” the US alway takes a soft, careful and a passive approach in responses to the challenges possed.. When it comes to the opposition the US is ever aggressive, vocal and firmly threatening towards Oppositions.


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