Addis Ababa, 10 Feb.2020: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday said it was “unacceptable” South Sudan’s warring parties had yet to make peace as a deadline approaches for the rivals to join forces in government.
The UN boss call for South Sudanese leaders to make compromise came after President Salva Kiir and the main opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar have failed to break a deadlock over the outstanding issues including; the number of states, and security agreements.
The Khartoum September peace agreement speculates that the issues of security arrangements and the number of states should be solved before the formation Revitalized Unity the government comes to effect.
The UN boss further challenged both Kiir and Machar to think about the people of their nation. “Think about your people, respect your people, you have no right to continue the confrontation when your people are suffering so much,” said Mr. Guterres.
Mr. Guterres challenged President Kiir and Machar to show political moral responsibility. “It is your moral and political responsibility to put an end to this and to find the agreements that are necessary to make South Sudan enter into normal life.”
However, the UN boss falls short from mentioning what action will be taken by the world body against the leaders of South Sudan should the 22 February dateline failed.
Mr. Guterres urged the leaders to cooperate on the issue of the number of states, " It is for me totally unacceptable that we are again closing to a deadline ... and there is no agreement on a number of issues,”
“It is time for the South Sudanese leaders to agree to cooperate, and to deserve the wonderful people they have.” says the UN boss.