Home | News    Wednesday 23 October 2019

Pre-transitional period requires two months extension: Akol

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

October 22, 2019 (JUBA) – Parties that signed South Sudan’s peace deal should give themselves more two months before a transitional national unity government is formed, a leading opposition figure warned with less than a month to the November 12 deadline.

JPEG - 12.2 kb
Lam Akol (Photo Reutrers)

“Formation of the TGoNU before completing putting together the necessary unified force would mean not two armies as was the case in 2015 but multiple armies. That would be a tinder box ready to explode,” said Lam Akol in a letter to a United Nations Security Council delegation that visited Juba this week.

“There can never be a shortcut to security matters. We learned that in a hard way,” he added.

Akol, who heads the Opposition National Democratic Movement (NDM), said government’s insistence to form the TGoNU before settling the issue of the numbers of states is driven by its desire to impose its 32 states as a “fait accompli”.

“What incentive has those whose lands were grabbed as a result of the creation of these mini-States to join such a government?” he asked.

Lam, who also doubles as the Secretary General of South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), warned of a likely outbreak of the violence similar to the one that occurred in Juba in July 2016.

Hundreds of soldiers were killed when forces loyal to President Salva Kiir clashed with those allied to the country’s former First Vice President, Riek Machar at State House, forcing the latter to flee Juba.

“Today, we are in October discussing the same two issues: security arrangements and the number of states in the country. We saw and lived what happened when these issues were glossed over not long ago,” stressed Akol.

The delegation from the Security Council on Sunday called on South Sudan leaders to reach a compromise and rescue the fragile 2018 peace agreement from collapse.

The call came hours after the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) led by Riek Machar threatened not to be part of a new government.

“There is an opportunity for the leaders of South Sudan to make political compromise and move forward to the next phase of the peace process in a credible, transparent and accountable manner,” said Kelly Craft, the United States ambassador to the UN.

In September 2018, the warring parties involved in South Sudan’s conflict signed a peace deal to end a civil war that killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions.

The Security Council delegation, on a visit to the South Sudan capital, Juba acknowledged that progress has been made since then, with a ceasefire significantly improving the security situation.

“We noted the reduction of political violence which has contributed to the return of 594,000 displaced people, increased food production, enhanced humanitarian access, and increased commerce among communities,” said Jerry Matthews Matjila, the South African envoy to the UN and Council President for October.

However, key outstanding issues remain which are having an impact on the progression of the peace process. They include decisions on states and boundaries, as well as the reunification of security forces.

The Security Council delegation held separate meetings with President Kiir, Machar and other signatories to the peace agreement, urging them to expedite its implementation and meet the November 12 deadline for forming the transitional government.

South Sudan descended into war in December 2013 when Kiir accused Machar of plotting a coup.

In May, the two sides agreed to form a unity government in six months and in September said that they will establish a transitional government by November 12 as part of the deal.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 23 October 11:56, by Games

    It should extend it to at least 4months.

    repondre message

    • 23 October 14:26, by Midit Mitot

      Games,

      I,am very excited with Dr Lam Akol article or letter to UNSC, those crook bodies such as UNSC, IGAD, AU did not said anything when the second violent had erupted at J1 (state house) in 2016. This is injustice from this body call UNSC.

      repondre message

      • 23 October 15:37, by Pakuai

        What does extension for 2 more months going to achieve? These ’secret societies and foreign puppets/stooges, thieves and traitors’ have been caught with their pants down. And all that they are left with is always to try to ’shift goal posts after goal post’ with a hope that something magical is somehow going to happen to save their their treasonous arses. The kind of politicians we have here>>>>

        repondre message

        • 23 October 18:00, by Pakuai

          in South Sudan don’t exist else on this planet earth. To make the matter worse, these so-called politicians are even called well educated with PhDs, my arse. Where in the whole world have the oppositions make foreign countries as their bases to effect change of the government of a sovereign country? It is only in South Sudan>>>>>

          repondre message

      • 23 October 16:17, by james john luka

        Midit Mitot
        What do you want them to do? Change the regime? No way. Did you remember when Samanther Power was here in Juba? when she behaved like a lioness whose mate was wounded or killed, what changed happened after ward? nothing. So please stop stubbornness with hope of being support by those bodies there are bipartisan, who are willing to see compromises, as they clearly stated.

        repondre message

        • 23 October 19:07, by Pakuai

          james john luka.,
          Let ’our Nuer ke nyantoc’ with their ’Ngundeng Buong; magician, Mr. Riek Machar bring his, Lam Akol, Thomas Cirillo, Pagan Amuom and some of their creeps in between who have sold themselves and their souls to foreign interest groups of the *US, the UK, their sleazy UN, their evil juus (so-caled israelis), Anesh (so-called ethiopians), some of their Bantusees and some of their>>>>

          repondre message

          • 23 October 20:07, by Pakuai

            creeps here in our region and the losers thought, they can ALWAYS ’chess game and football’ play ’our country and our people’ just like they did with like their then ’COLD WAR’. But the evils are going to be ’wiped out’ of map on this planet earth. Reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM.>>>>>

            repondre message

            • 24 October 03:26, by jubaone

              Pakuai,
              You jienge idiot. Devoid of any contextual relevance, you keep writing the same nonsense over and over again. That is when a block-headed jienge dummy refuses to learn. Just wondering how terrible that would be for that "luakjienges". They must be "nuts". Have you tried something different, ya aryan jienge?

              repondre message

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


What federal system is suitable for South Sudan? 2019-11-12 11:06:55 By Dr Jacob K. Lupai* Introduction Federalism is seen as a constitutional arrangement for dividing power between different levels of government so that federated states, regions or provinces can (...)

Differences between Sudan government, SRF and FFC are the main issues of concern 2019-11-09 11:17:17 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman As the proverb goes, the difference of opinion does not spoil amity and does not spoil the friendliness issue. On the other hand, mere differences of point of view and (...)

Can women make the world more peaceful? 2019-11-06 11:31:03 By Paulino Akoon Yel Dut A genuine comprehensive analysis shows that involving women in peacebuilding increases the probability that violence will end in an easy manner. Hence we should thank (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.