UK, US and Norway demand Riek Machar returns to Juba and transitional government is formed.
LONDON, United Kingdom, April 22, 2016 – The members of the Troika (United States, United Kingdom, and Norway) are deeply disappointed by Riek Machar’s continued failure to return to South Sudan’s capital Juba to form the Transitional Government of National Unity. This represents a wilful 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.
We congratulate the government for demonstrating maximum flexibility for the sake of peace by agreeing to the compromise proposal on the return of security forces proposed by regional and international partners and mediated by the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission. It remains important that the government fully withdraws its troops from Juba as called for in the peace agreement. We also welcome the opposition’s support for the compromise proposal and demand that Machar abide by this commitment and return to Juba by 23 April.
Machar’s failure to go to Juba, despite efforts from the international community to support his return, 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 will pursue appropriate measures against anyone who further frustrates implementation of the peace agreement.
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.
Rebel Leader Riek Machar has postponed his return to Juba for the third time this week , The rebel advance team spokesman informed journalists and dignitaries at the Airport that the rebel chief will not come to Juba today. William Ezekier said no new date has been set for Rieks Return, the inside sources say he won’t return to Juba without Simon Gatwerch chief Lieutenant who is facing a travel ban.
NEW YORK, United States of America, April 18, 2016 – The Secretary-General spoke today with President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan. He commended President Kiir for his decision to welcome Riek Machar back to Juba and swear him in as the First Vice President of South Sudan on Monday, 18 April. He called for the expeditious implementation of the security arrangements envisaged in the peace agreement and the withdrawal additional SPLA troops from Juba.
The Secretary-General also spoke to the First Vice President Designate of the Republic of South Sudan, Riek Machar. He welcomed his decision to return to Juba and urged him to work with President Kiir to prevent any further violence.
The Secretary-General underscored the need to quickly form the Transitional Government of National Unity, as a crucial next step in the peace process. He reaffirmed the readiness of the United Nations to assist in all efforts to bring peace to South Sudan. He urged both leaders to continue working together with the Chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, former president Mogae, and the African Union High Representative for South Sudan, former president Konare, towards the implementation of the peace agreement.
“Just days ahead of expected return of South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar to the country to facilitate formation of a national unity government, the parties to the conflict continue to accuse each other of violating the peace deal. The Riek Machar led opposition has accused the government of militarizing the capital Juba contrary to its commitment to relocate forces outside the capital. South Sudan’s army however denies the accusation. CCTV’s Patrick Oyet reports” (CCTV Africa, 2016).
“South Sudan’s government says it has began the “real implementation” of the peace accord as Reik Machar’s SPLM-In opposition forces have started arriving in the capital Juba. The arrival of the troops is considered a prelude to the arrival of their leader Reik Machar, to the capital. He had been expected to return to the capital in early March. “The arrival of these officers and … the arrival of forces as of tomorrow, … this means the Vice President will come to Juba any time as of now,” (AfricaNews, 2016).