In Summary
  • Rivals Riek Machar and Silva Kiir signed a peace deal in September last year.
  • The deal is the latest effort to end almost six years of conflict which erupted due to a fallout between the two men in 2013.

  • Machar fled Juba in a hail of gunfire in 2016 after the collapse of a previous peace agreement saw his troops clash with Kiir's.

JUBA,

South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar is not ready to return to Juba and wants to postpone the formation of a unity government until security issues are resolved, an official from his party said Wednesday.

Machar was meant to return to South Sudan in May and join a power-sharing government as vice president with President Salva Kiir after the signing of a peace deal in September last year.

The deal is the latest effort to end almost six years of conflict which erupted due to a fallout between the two men in 2013.

Observers, though, have been warning that implementation of the deal has stalled.

"We are saying extend the period for more months, say six," said Stephen Kang Chol, representing Machar's SPLM-IO rebel group at the National Pre-transitional Committee (NPTC), the body charged with implementing the peace agreement.

SECURITY CONTROL

Machar "will not come to Juba without security arrangements," he said.

Machar fled Juba in a hail of gunfire in 2016 after the collapse of a previous peace agreement saw his troops clash with Kiir's.

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