Juba, 11 September 2019: After the talks between Kiir and Machar were aborted on Tuesday, the leaders have announced on Wednesday that they have reached an agreement to form the long-awaited Transitional Government of National Unity by 12 November 2019.
“Rest assured that things are going on well,” Kiir told reporters in the capital, Juba, on Wednesday after meeting Machar. “We are coming to a solution very soon,” he added.
While briefing the media after the meeting of the two leaders, Michael Makuei, South Sudan's information Minister who doubled as government spokesperson said, "The parties agreed to establish the government on time. When I said 'on time' it means on the 12th of November,"
The implementation of the accord had been delayed by several disputes. One of the key provisions of the peace deal was the creation of a joint unified army under one commander, that means former rebel fighters would be absorbed into one unified national army, which has still not occurred.
"I told you earlier on that talks between us are going well, and we will reach a deal soon," said South Sudan incumbent President Kiir after the meeting Machar, the two leaders exchanging handshakes in the presence of their delegates in the Presidential Palace.
"Juba is home and I have come back to Juba. Even if I go away again for some time, we have made important progress," said Machar.
He further said even if he goes away, he will visit the capital more often, "there will be frequent meetings" said Machar.
However, details of the agreed points by the time of filing this report remained out of the public domain, it is still unknown what exactly the two leaders agreed upon.
J. Roberts Swaka.