South Sudan Government Accepts Additional SPLM/A-O Troops To Accompany Dr. Riek Machar

The government of the republic of South Sudan has accepted 195 troops of the SPLM/A-in Opposition to accompany the Chief of General Staff, General Simon Gatwetch Dual from Gambella International Airport in Ethiopia to Juba.

South Sudan Government Accepts Additional SPLM/A-O Troops To Accompany Dr. Riek Machar
South Sudan Designated First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny. [File Photo]

By Margaret Lole

JUBA, 21 April 2016 [Gurtong]- A document signed by Nhial Deng Nhial, the Chief Negotiator of the Republic of South Sudan government delegation to the peace talks, states that conditions have been set for the opposition to fly in with the nearly 200 troops.

According to the document the 195 SPLM/A-IO forces accompanying the 1st Vice President Designate and the SPLM/A-IO Chief of General Staff will be cleared to enter Juba with their individual rifles only.

The government has also requested the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission to direct the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism, CTSAMM to send a team to Gambella to verify the arms and personnel being transported to Juba to ensure that no additional arms are included than the individual rifles of the 195 military personnel being airlifted to Juba.

The document further states that the 1st Vice President designate, Dr. Riek Machar can fly into Juba with his civilian support staff anytime he deems appropriate following clearance from the government of Juba.

Machar was expected to return to Juba on Monday to form the Transitional Government of National Unity led by President Salva Kiir.

However, according to Ambassador Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Riek’s return has been continuously delayed because of logistical issues, in addition to disagreements with the government over the number of forces in his delegation and the type of weapons they are carrying.

A 1,370-strong force of soldiers and police loyal to Machar already arrived in Juba last week ahead of his expected return.

Since December 2013, South Sudan has been engulfed in a civil war that has left at least tens of thousands dead and displaced 2.3 million people.

A peace deal signed in August between President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar laid the framework for peace, but it is yet to be implemented.

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22/04/2016, 7:08 AM
 - Posted by la craigbrown
President Salva Kiir and Dr Riek Marchar have both done great service for South Sudan, they have together brought into being a new country with a new start .They both have been great warriors for south Sudan, they both have been great leaders of men , but history proves great leaders of men are not great leaders countries..Let them both work together and both decline from running for future elections, make sure they have enough money to retire on and be the great respected elder statesman that they have become .
Free and fair elections to elect a presidential candidiate without previous ties to the military should be sought to improve the lives of all South Sudanese with the long term mandate to eradicate tribal influences,

As proud of their tribal influences as most south Sudanese are ,history again proves that tribal differences have to come secondary and the countries objectives first , I do wish I had a magic wand , god bless south sudan
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