SPLM-IO will not be part of unity government, Machar told UN

SPLM/A-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar. Photo: EPA

Juba, October 20, 2019 (SSNA) — South Sudan’s main opposition leader, Dr. Riek Machar, told the a United Nations delegation that his party is not interested in rushing to form a transitional government by November 12 dateline, saying main provisions of peace agreement popularly known as ‘security arrangements’ must be fully implemented before a provisional government is formed.

Machar’s comment came hours after his face-to-face meeting with his political rival President Salva Kiir ended without any progress.

“If the government will be there on the 12th, we the IO won’t be there because we don’t want to put the country into crisis. We would opt out and contain the troops,” Dr. Machar told the UN Security Council, adding, “We have a volatile situation that we want to control. We want this country to be peaceful.”

The leader Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In opposition (SPLM/A-IO) disclosed to the 15-member Council that he and Kiir met with their peace implementation team sand that it is impossible to form a unity government in three weeks. The armed opposition leader also warned of unforeseen problems if the agreement is not implemented as stipulated in the pact.

“Suppose we form the government on 12 November, do you know what is going to happen?”, he asked.

Many foreign diplomates with the United Nations including U.S. ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft urged the two leaders to use the remaining time to expedite the implementation of outstanding issues.

Earlier today, an aide to the SPLM-IO leadership who attended Kiir-Machar’s face-to-face meeting told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) the government is using 2015-2016 delaying tactics to impede the implementation of the September 2018 revitalized peace agreement.

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  • Samson Nhial Chan
    October 20, 2019 1:31 pm

    As DR Machar said IO will not be a part of any government when the transitional government of National Unity is going to be form on 12 of November that is really our voices we IO Cadres what a US delegation that pushing for the formation of the new government while they know what happen already in J1 back in 2016 I hurt this team who came to JBA this morning they may be Jubian prostitute who are coming for the new south Sudan destruction.

    I warns them my message is that let us not be threated like that we IO and other oppositions UN is a blood suckers they are not telling the truth they are fueling wars

    Viva IO
    Viva Dr Machar

  • Comment *Instead for the country to go back for war, Let’s accept the extension of two to three months.

  • Peace partners should understand that Dr Riak Machar’s regular extensions of peace deals is not based on ideals of making extensions without reasons. It’s known that anything that comes by chance or imposed doesn’t last for long. It would be better for South Sudanese ruling elites and citizens as a whole to be sympathetic with oppositions ensuring hopes for South Sudanese that the real peace pacts shalln’t be transgressed. In a candor, Peace is not based on when it’s needed but why should it be given.
    South Sudanese peaceful Country not a country at peace.

  • yu are right but what is next option.Time is going,ages are going ,capables minds are deteriorating.politically, the more time yu give to yr enemy ,the more he get further roots.

  • FM radio stations
    October 23, 2019 8:25 pm

    I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Well written!


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