Juba, 20 Oct.2019; All hope is vanishing in the air as Machar is not satisfied with the slow phase of the September 2018 peace agreement implementation progress.
This afternoon Machar told the visiting UN security council delegation led by US ambassador Kelly Craft and South African Ambassador Mathew Matjila respectively, “If the government will be there on the 12 November, 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,” said Machar.
South Sudan designated First Vice President further cautioned the visiting delegation of the UN Security Council about the fragile situation in the country, “We have a volatile situation that we want to control, we in IO want this country to be peaceful,”.
Furthermore, Mr. Machar told the UN Security Council visiting delegation comprises with ambassadors, the outstanding issues of creating 83.000 strong unified National armies is lagging far behind schedule. Other critical issues he consciously stressed are the issue of states and their internal boundaries which he said must be resolved first.
Machar also told the delegation he and Kiir in their this morning [ Sunday morning] meeting with chiefs of security, they discovered progress are far behind in regards to security arrangements, “This morning, Kiir and I met the security sector but what we found out was that what is on the ground cannot be completed within three months,” said Machar.
Machar said to resolve the outstanding issue more time will be required before the formation of the Unity government.
“Suppose we form the government on 12 November, do you know what is going to happen? The ceasefire which we have been enjoying for the whole year will be ruptured,” he said.
Meanwhile, the US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft for her part urged South Sudanese leaders to show the spirit of commitment to maintain the ceasefire agreement they signed more than a year ago and should also pursue the spirit of nonviolent for better future.
Kelly Craft who is co-head of the delegation urged the warring parties to be mindful “Now is the time to make compromises to form a credible transitional unity government, we are calling for your commitment that South Sudan will not return to war,” she added.
Machar who said he doesn't like the country to plug into civil war said, “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,", he further said," We would opt out and contain the troops until the outstanding issues are resolved,” said Machar.