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Kiir-Machar meetings are needed for peace in South Sudan, says UNMISS head


 David Shearer (UN photo)
June 25, 2019 (JUBA) - The head of South Sudan peacekeeping mission (UNMISS) said the lack of meetings between President Salva Kiir and the leader of the main opposition group remains a fundamental challenge for the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.

David Shearer made his Remark during a briefing to the United Nations Security Council on the slow implementation of the revitalized peace agreement on Tuesday 25 June.

Shearer said despite the postponement of the transitional government last, the implementation of the security arrangements particularly the troops’ cantonment and unification of armed forces have been sluggish.

"A fundamental challenge is the lack of regular face-to-face meetings between President Salva Kiir and Opposition leader Dr Riek Machar," he said.

"These leader-to-leader meetings, preferably held in Juba, are critical because trust and confidence can’t cold start the day a new unified government is formed," he further said.

Machar is based in Khartoum, and he would only return when the transitional government is formed after the implementation of the pre-transitional period steps like army unification and delimitation of tribal boundaries.

Shearer said the United Nations and African Union work together and now accept some tasks may not be entirely complete by November.

He said they can consider the pre-transitional tasks as "complete"’ - but this should not delay the formation of the transitional government.

Also, he renewed calls on the South Sudanese government meet its commitment to release funding it pledged for implementation.

For his part, South Sudanese Ambassador Akuei Bona Malwal reiterated his government pledge to pay $100 million dollars adding they have already disbursed two million towards food and cantonment preparation activities in Greater Upper Nile and Bahr El Ghazal.

"The peace implementation needs technical assistance and experts that we hope the international community would provide," he said.


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  • 26 June 2019 08:50, by Eastern

    It’s no longer Machar and Kiir holding the reign of peace in South Sudan - other stakeholders have emerged and others are yet to emerge. Kiir and Machar blew their chances on lording it on others way back in July 2016 by acting paranoid...!

    • 26 June 2019 10:51, by The Rhino


      The reason why people suffer in South Sudan is b’cos of these useless organizations such as UNMISS,IGAD etc,which always give credit to Kiir and Machar,the very murderers who blew up South Sudan.For years,Kiir and Machar have worked together but totally failed to show true leadership and build the country.Nothing had changed before and nothing will change in future.Bringing the two......

      • 26 June 2019 10:56, by The Rhino


        war mongers together again will only trigger the long existing bitter animosity.We true Equatorians have already spoken,...NAS is the answer!Equatoria should seriously mind its own business.Jienges and Nyagats OUT,full stop!

        • 26 June 2019 11:34, by Eastern

          The Rhino,

          Dr. Machar is a prisoner holed up in Khartoum by the surrogate of Omar el Bashir...Just wondering what this man from New Zealand reasons! Kiir and Dr. Machar don’t have the same privilages as it is now so the need for a THIRD FORCE to shake Kiir from his comfort zone!

          • 26 June 2019 12:55, by The Rhino


            This kangarooman Shearer cares much only about his own foreign employees in South Sudan,thats why he makes such incoherent comments.The longer chaos,war,deaths continue,the more they benefit.He wants Machar to meet Kiir(preferably in slaughterhouse Juba),regardless of any security risks,so that if anything happens,yes they’re back again into big business.Its as if he/Shearer encourages..

            • 26 June 2019 13:00, by The Rhino


              ..prisoner Omer El Bashir to regularly meet demonstrators in the streets of Khartoum so that peace comes in Nord Sudan.Its wicked!

        • 26 June 2019 15:06, by lino

          The Rino,
          Still these Jungle leaders to be blamed!!! Dr. John once said " If you set up the mosquito net right, you will not be biten by one mosquito at night". Who allowed these International Community to interfere? Kiir and Machar with their supporters!!!
          It will be the same days and nights!!!

        • 27 June 2019 07:09, by jubaone

          Eastern, Rhino
          "Kin kak köimöt ko lo ki", meaning, "faeces down and coated with peanut paste". Only jienges or nyagats would want to eat such. Doing the same shit all over hoping to get a different solution. Only idiots think that way. Kiir-Machar will still bring in rot and filth. Try something new? No need. Equatoria likecwhat Rhino emphatically writes; go its way. Equatoria rescue yourself.

      • 26 June 2019 15:05, by garrak1520

        If the current government was capable, IGAD, UNIMISS will never be around. Priorities have shifted since death of Garang. Time for younger generation, less tribal,less corrupt and nationalist to take over. There are very capable people in the land. Kiir shows his state of mind or health (dementia) when offers to negotiate peace for Sudan forgetting his own backyard South Sudan. Time for change!

        • 26 June 2019 18:09, by lino

          If Bashir with his Islamic Fundamentalists are going to be history sooner or later, Kiir&Machar era of destruction is around the corner; it will happen one way or nother finger crossed, but we the people and next generations will be paying the future bills!!!
          South Sudan borrowed billions of dollars from China and Chinese will be milking us for long time to come!!!

          • 26 June 2019 18:41, by Eastern


            Do you see this REEKY Dinka fellow South South who is allergic to debate around? The THING has gone under...!

            The KIIRCHAR dynasty is SOON going underground. The Dinka are FREE to gang rape and disturb people in the streets and malls of Beijing not elsewhere...!

  • 26 June 2019 21:06, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    Dear South Sudanese citizens both interior and exterior,
    There is need of what I term as conceivable between Kiir and Machar. For us to have permanent peace in South Sudan. There is need for us to have honest talks for South Sudanese people. War is destructive, Let South Sudan Resurrect with Peace! It’s time for our leaders to act now! Peace! Peace! Peace! Peace! Peace!

    • 27 June 2019 06:33, by Malakal county Simon


      Your opinion is bias against Dr Machar except Kiir criminal activities whom are speak for theselves.... Please present us what did Dr Machar did wrong before you your bogus Court??

      • 27 June 2019 23:33, by Kenyang ll

        Malakal county Simon,
        Riek Machar with his greedy for power didn’t only divided SPLA in 1991 but ordered extermination of thousands of Dinka Bor civilians just because John Garang is from them.

        • 28 June 2019 00:01, by Kenyang ll

          ... Riek Machar could have swallowed and give Salva Kiir a little time in 2013 but because of the man long embedded selfishness and recklessness, thousands Nuer and other South Sudanese are dead with millions more sufferings today. Someone will eventually avenge and kill that dog.

  • 26 June 2019 21:08, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    “Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights and keep them. Our strength is our unity of purpose. To that high concept there can be no end save victory.”

  • 26 June 2019 21:09, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    Human rights’ are a fine thing, but how can we make ourselves sure that our rights do not expand at the expense of the rights of others. A society with unlimited rights is incapable of standing to adversity. If we do not wish to be ruled by a coercive authority, then each of us must rein himself in...A stable society is achieved not by balancing opposing forces but by conscious self-limitation: by

    • 27 June 2019 06:10, by Eastern

      Ter Manyang,

      Because of the hardship you experienced in Kampala, you have since changed your stance on what you wrote way back in 2013. I know your position VERY well....!

      • 27 June 2019 23:33, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

        We need peace please! War is cheap but, war is very expensive to achieve

      • 27 June 2019 23:38, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

        Nobody ever started a fight because they thought they were wrong. Think about it. We’re all so sure of ourselves that we can’t even have an honest conversation. Instead, we babble bass-backwards agendas and cling to ill-conceived notions. Our heads are so far up our own arches that we assume we are the hero of the story. Even when we are up to our necks in it, we never bother asking what the awful

  • 27 June 2019 23:40, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    Time and again politicians have betrayed the very racial and ethnic groups they belong to and claim to represent, while also being held up as proof that the United States is indeed a color-blind or post racial society. At the same time, the nation as a whole has returned to levels of racial inequality as well as residential and educational segregation unseen since the last so-called post racial mo

    • 28 June 2019 11:24, by Midit Mitot

      Gender Activist Ter Manyang,

      I hope you are new to joint Sudan-tribute,you are now talking senses indeed but those who are always debating on these Media-outlet have really traumatized so far.None of them have understood human rights articles.

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