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Press Statement – South Sudan: Riek Machar’s Failure to Return to Juba (20.04.2016)

Machar Kiir

JUBA, South Sudan, April 20, 2016 –  Statement Delivered by State Department Spokesperson John Kirby, April 19, 2016

The United States is gravely disappointed by Riek Machar’s failure to return to South Sudan’s capital Juba today to form the Transitional Government of National Unity. This represents a willful decision by him not to abide by his commitments to implement the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.

The United States and other partners have gone to great lengths to facilitate his return, including the return to Juba of his political advance team and security detail. His failure to go to Juba, despite efforts from the international community, places the people of South Sudan at risk of further conflict and suffering and undermines the peace agreement’s reform pillars – demilitarizing South Sudan, injecting transparency of public finances, and pursuing justice and reconciliation – that offer South Sudan a chance for renewal.

We call upon the government to exercise maximum flexibility for the sake of peace, and on Machar to return to Juba. We will coordinate with our partners on appropriate responses to obstruction of the peace agreement by Riek Machar.

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