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SPLM-IO unlikely to be part of new unity government: Machar


October 20, 2019 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) is unlikely to be part of the transitional national unity government to be formed on November 12, its leader told the visiting United Nations Security Council delegation in Juba on Sunday.

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A UN Security Council delegation meeting South Sudanese officials in Juba, October 20, 2019 (PPU photo)

“The aspect needed for the establishment of such a [transitional] government is not there.” We in the SPLM-IO won’t be there because we don’t want to put the country into crisis,” said Riek Machar.

The opposition leader, in Juba for second time since September, said the warring parties have failed to agree on how the army will be integrated, a key requirement of the September 2018 peace deal.

“What do you think is likely to happen should we form a government on the 12th [November],” he asked, drawing a likely scenario that violence could break out in an event a government is hastily formed.

Machar told the Security Council delegation that an extension of the November 12 deadline will allow the parties resolve some of the outstanding issues needed for a unity government to be formed.

South Sudan’s warring factions signed a peace accord in September 2018 to end a civil war that killed nearly 400,000 people.

An estimated 7 million people, aid agencies recently warned, will be in need of food assistance in the young nation this summer, with some 860,000 children expected to suffer from acute malnutrition.

Meanwhile, the Security Council team downplayed Machar’s fears, saying outstanding issues can still be resolved before November 12.

“What Dr. Riek Machar is asking is not impossible to do in the next three weeks, but the political leaders need to say they will do it,” said Jerry Matthews Matjila, South Africa’s ambassador to the UN.

He urged both the government and the opposition not to extend the formation of the new government anymore, while assuring that the Security Council members would offer any assistance and demands that would expedite the formation of the unity government on time.

The United States ambassador to the UN, Kelly Craft said the Security Council it will not accept more delays to the formation of a new government and will re-evaluate its relationship with South Sudan.

“Now it is time to make a compromise necessary for the formation of the transitional government of national unity,” Craft said, urging the parties to put aside their disagreements for the sake of peace.

South Sudan descended into war in December 2013 when Kiir accused Machar of plotting a coup, allegations the latter dismissed.

In September 2018, the rival factions involved in the conflict signed a peace deal to end the conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced over 2 million people in the country.

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.


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  • 21 October 2019 07:14, by South South

    Riek Machar cannot miss November 12 government. It will be the end of his political career. He knows that, but he is put out these bogus statements hoping that our government will give in to him, no, no, just join the government, we will work out something later. Talking about the numbers of states is so stupid, boundaries are ok, everyone in South Sudan knows its border. 32 states are staying.

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    • 21 October 2019 07:25, by Midit Mitot

      South South,

      Formation of Transitional government without resolving the outstanding issues like the number of states and the boundaries is redline, take note of this man.

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      • 21 October 2019 12:29, by The Rhino

        South South,

        Shit,since you reappeared again on this forum you start talking nonsense.32 jungle states are worthless,they must be squashed out or there’s no unity gov’t.Listen you MTN,any formation of a fake gov’t without all signatories to the agreement is a violation to the agreement.It’s not inclusive and will never be recognized.The agreement itself will fail b’cos its a flawed one.It did....

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        • 21 October 2019 12:35, by The Rhino

          South South,

          ..not address the root causes of conflict!NAS already pointed it out many times,the mighty NAS is right!

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        • 21 October 2019 14:03, by South South

          The Rhino,

          I never talk nonsense in this forum, I say the truth, all the truth, but nothing, the truth. Only someone blind and deaf in IO or NAS will think 32 states will be destroyed to please them. Everyone likes his/her state except rebels, that’s not our problem. They can live with 32 states and join government or stay out from the government.

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    • 21 October 2019 11:30, by jubaone

      South South
      Bullshit, who are you to dictate whether Riek joins the RTGoNU or not? Riek is not a fool and you jienges know that well. Just go ahead and form your jienge government on 12. November and run it the way you want. Afterall, you have had it since 2013 till now, but no development in SS. Just losers and bandits, like a pack of irate baboons in a maize field.

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      • 21 October 2019 12:49, by The Rhino


        Juba must burn and all fucking jienges out of Equatoria!These losers are pulling us and everybody else down.Armed groups must engage the rotten regime in Juba from every corner until it collapses.Main Opposition IO should wage war in Upper Nile,NAS warriors should squeeze the jienges in Equatoria and Malong’s people Aweil and those regions until Kiir and his JCE crumble on their knees!

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        • 21 October 2019 21:17, by jubaone

          The non jienges must do onto the jienges what they did to the rest. Hunt them down like rats, crush them like cockroaches and burn them like cow dung. The jienge understands only violence. He is a savage and must be treated so. We either stop this jienge bullshit or live to smell it for the rest of our lives. It’s our choice. Decide NOW.

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        • 21 October 2019 21:27, by jubaone

          Thank you. If you have rats holed up in your house, you can use a mousetrap, bring in a cat, pour poison into the ratholes or use poisoned food. Once Juba burns, these jienge s will run away like rats. They can’t return to their ancestral lands cuz these are shitholes. They have nowhere to go except Uganda or to their jellaba masters.
          Let’s focus on that.

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      • 21 October 2019 14:07, by South South


        Riek has no choice here. He lost the war miserably, he has been caged like a small child, he lost most of his soldiers to the government. The only thing he can do now is to except government on November 12th. Threatening not to join the government on November 12th will not move anything for him, rather than he will go back to his cage, who wants to do that?

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        • 21 October 2019 16:14, by jubaone

          South South,
          So why panic? Just go ahead with the Tabans, Ochans and handful of nyagats and leave Riek alone. It is a matter of principle, Dr. Lam Akol and Dr. Riek have REJECTED the RTGoNU formation on 12.Nov. These are clever "doctors" and will NEVER fall prey to half-foolish jienge bush generals. NO. Lets all fight to the end. Either jienges or the rest. PERIOD

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    • 21 October 2019 12:51, by Malakal county Simon

      South South,

      That’s the stands of our majority people’s in here in Juba and in the world at large.... We cannot rush to form a new Transitional government without a proper security arrangements in place and political will to determine number of States first.. If Salva Kiir is really genuine to implement this most needed peace deal, he and Dr Machar the best thing they can agree on is 6 months or

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      • 21 October 2019 12:53, by Malakal county Simon


        The best thing they can do is to agree on another 6 or 1 year extensions.

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        • 21 October 2019 15:51, by jubaone

          Malakal County
          The jienge is just after the end and not the means. The rest of SS want the means to get to the end (result). This is where we fundamentally differ with jienges. In his mind, he wants to build a house on sand, he cares less if it collapses shortly. If they cant resolve the security issues and number of states now, how can they do that later in RTGoNU? Bullshit. NO PEACE. Period

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      • 21 October 2019 14:09, by South South

        Malakal county Simon,

        My friend you are not majority in South Sudan. You are minority and this is one of reason 32 will stay in your face.

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        • 21 October 2019 15:33, by Malakal county Simon

          South South,

          If you continue insist on illegal 32 States, you’re simply supporting war that’s will never ends while people’s will certainly dies.. So who will you rule over these illegal States peoples get vanished Mr ignorant??

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          • 21 October 2019 15:41, by South South


            You are a very ignore person. You have nothing in your hand and you want government to betray people who support them, that’s is not going to happen. I have majority of people in 32 states and I will continue to rule them with or without IO, clear and very straight.

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  • 21 October 2019 07:18, by Midit Mitot

    This outsider must be crazy,

    How should you threaten Dr Machar to form such a government with Kiir? in 2016 Dog fight, IO were chased out of Juba and non of these (bodies) UNSC, AU,IGAD react. IO will not be blindfool again this time.

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    • 21 October 2019 08:58, by South South

      Midit Mitot,

      Mark my words, come November 12th, the government of South Sudan will be formed with 32 states standing tall. I have no problem if you want to argue about the boundaries of 32 states, but to think that we will go back to 10 states will never happens. What I can see is extension of the formation of the government to talk about security arrangements. Don’t waste your good time.

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      • 21 October 2019 09:48, by Midit Mitot

        South South,

        I,am doubting the government will be form on 12 November, if so, then IO and other opposition will not be part of that government.

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        • 21 October 2019 14:12, by South South

          Midit Mito,

          For IO to join government on November 12th or not to join is not our problem in the government. It’s IO problem, let them deal with their problem far away from us and when they are done, we can talk them, simple and clear.

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          • 21 October 2019 15:55, by jubaone

            South South
            IGAD, jienges, JCE and the rest can stuff this R-ACISS into their shitholes and just shut up. It is our people who die, while IGAD and the rest of these Africans dance around. They have NEVER cared for us. We the rest non-jienges MUST CARE for our own security. Period. NO comprehensive peace, then NO peace. Subsequently SS must split and each goes his/her way.Period

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      • 21 October 2019 11:34, by jubaone

        South South,
        I strongly advocate not only for 32 but 64 states. The SS must be broken into "ethnic enclaves" and each ethnic group must take care of its shit. In Equatoria, all jienges will have no fucking business at all. They must all get out, peacefully or otherwise. Only the destruction of SS, shall we witness emergence of several independent and free states.

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        • 21 October 2019 11:38, by jubaone

          ..once SS is destroyed, those states that will want to merge together to form federal or confederate states are free to do so. Equatorians have nothing to do with jienges, we neither share a common heritage, culture, language nor work ethics. We are hardworking, they are just lazy fools, bloodsuckers and idlers. Equatoria is best without them. They are a worthless burden to us.

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          • 21 October 2019 15:47, by james john luka

            These are words of someone who went bankrupt in thoughts. Nation is not necessarily formed based on those elements you have just listed, but it is formed based on ideology. Even the equatorians in which you claim to be member do not have any of your list in common. Besides you fail to understand the meaning of English terms. Bloodsuckers are those paid to kill like you.

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            • 21 October 2019 16:01, by jubaone

              James John Luka,
              Just another trash bin. What ideology do you have? Equatoria has been at peace with itself until jienge drifters, lazy trolls and bastards came in. Look at your jiengestan shitholes. Had you any functional ideology, your luaks would be like paradise and we Equatorians would be fleeing to you. But, your states are just like "human zoos", without relevance except for cattle grazing.

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            • 21 October 2019 17:09, by The Rhino

              james john loser,

              You are this thing we call ’Boburr wassaka’ in Juba.Your head is full of corrupt junk!You are definitely one of these loose beggars chasing jienges for a cheap dollar,..lopiat!

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        • 21 October 2019 14:14, by South South


          Who are you to suggest to us what we do with our states. You are weak and disorganized, why should we listen to you?

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          • 21 October 2019 16:04, by jubaone

            South South,
            No Europeans, Chinese, Arabs have even dared to go and invest in jiengelands, why? They are simply irrelevant and shitholes. EQUATORIA is SS, anything else is just an animal farm. WE have made SS a decent country. Without us, SS would be reeling with half-idiots, rapists, thugs and lunatics. Be thankful to us Equatorians.

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  • 21 October 2019 10:03, by deng

    Souht South and Miditot

    if you are not part of decision making don’t your waste your time for assuming that this will be like this and that will this way, let leaders decide,

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  • 21 October 2019 12:20, by Games

    Good to see that Machar is waking up this time. It were IGAD and and USA that forces him to go to Juba last time with less than 2000 troops and now it were UN after the IGAD and USA do not trust Salva Kiir anymore. Forming a government without a proper security arrangement is a suicidal. That fakes 32 states are simples. Because guns will solves the land grabbing.

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  • 21 October 2019 12:23, by Games

    South South
    You are free to forms your own government without IO and other groups. Or if you have one already than shut the fuck up and move on

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  • 21 October 2019 16:55, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    I’m wondering why UN Security Council Rush to form Unity Government without resolving the outstanding issues. This is same UN Security Council who asked Dr. Riek to go to Juba in 2015 and later on the serious war breakout in J ONE? DO you want peace or another war in the country?

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    • 21 October 2019 21:11, by jubaone

      Gender Activist
      These UN and IGAD trolls and jobseekers are worthless. Was it not the same UN that stood idly as 800,000 Tutsis were butchered in 1994? Did the UN suspend the jienge regime for killing over 400,000 and displacing over 2.3m SS? Every SS must defend himself by any means possible. Let’s fight it out. Either jienges or the rest. Period.

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