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South Sudan transition will be under watchful eye, says Washington


South Sudan's FVP Machar swearing in as his wife stands besides him on 22 Feb 2020 (SSPPU photo)February 27, 2020 (JUBA) - The U.S. will adopt a wait-and-see approach towards the South Sudan transitional national unity government, hoping that cooperation between the parties will bring Washington to support them.

In an anonymous briefing, a senior State Department official told journalists by telephone on Wednesday that his administration will watch how President Salva Kiir and his FVP Riek Machar will behave during the 36-month transition which witnesses the implementation of political and economic reforms before to hold general elections.

"So everyone’s looking to see: Will this new unity government work? Will it remain an inclusive and unified government? What will their work habits be? And really, what I – the main take is if it works, if the parties work collaboratively, it has a chance of working. If they continue to be competitors within this government, it’s – it has a lot less chance of working," said the official.

"So a collaborative approach is what we’re looking for. We’re looking for signs of that collaboration, attitudinal changes," he further stressed.

Kiir and Machar delayed twice the formation of the transitional national unity government due to the failure to implement the pre-transitional measures particularly security arrangements and the number of states.

However, the two leaders have made major concessions that led them to form the national unity government on 22 February: Kiir accepted the re-establish the 10 states while Machar returned to Juba without his army as Kiir’s bodyguards are protecting him.

The State Department official pointed out that there is still uncertainty in the relationship between the two leaders. He further underscored they will keep watching their behaviours in different areas.

"Are they taking responsible decisions that are focused on the needs of their people, or are they taking self-interested decisions based on their own kind of political needs or their needs for power or corrupt finances?" He said before to add more interrogations "Will this new unity government work? Will it remain an inclusive and unified government? What will their work habits be?"

He stressed that they will keep watching the transitional government looking for signs of collaboration between the main partners and "attitudinal changes".

Nonetheless; the official admitted that up to now the two sides have made considerable concessions and showed the needed goodwill

"But really, collaboration is the word of the day there, I think. It was a compromise leading up to this. The parties had to compromise to get here, but they’ve done that," he said.

He expressed hope that in the future they will demonstrate with more "signs that this is different than before," as he said.

We hope "there are assertions by all parties that it’s different this time, assertions which have to be tested and watched very carefully," he stressed.

In a statement released on 25 February, the International Crisis Group (ICG) went in the same direction and described the concessions made by the two leaders as "A major step toward ending South Sudan’s civil war".

The groups said the two sides will no doubt be focused for days, weeks or even more to discuss over government positions. But despite all the shortcomings encountered, the think tank stressed that there is a willingness to work together this time.

" The magnitude of the compromises they have made suggest that both Kiir and Machar are more willing participants in this unity government than in the last failed one," ICG said.


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  • 28 February 2020 00:59, by conservative

    This agreement is not gonna be like North and South is only allowing Dr woungkel to return and remain in his old position unless he wants to declare I’m leader of nuers only which is he look like it but we see and Washington this agreement belong to people of South Sudan first and we trust our president without SPLM will not have south Sudan

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    • 28 February 2020 07:32, by Midit Mitot


      You are still talking shit while IO have won the game, for you idiot taking us back to war will end-up at your side believe this.

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      • 28 February 2020 09:15, by South South

        Midit Mitot,

        What really did you win? Pagak? Bentu? Malakal? Bor? 10 state+ 3 big administrations with oil out from Unity State? Tell us what you won?

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        • 28 February 2020 10:06, by Games

          South Shit
          How, 10 plus 3 could be 32? Although 3 administrations will never work like fakes 32 states. Abyei is North Sudan, Ruweng is just imaginary name that were never exist..Pibor is taking some part of your land and a bit of Lou Nuer lands and I don’t think that this would work either

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          • 28 February 2020 11:37, by South South

            Games/mentally retarded,

            You are under controlled. Big Ruweng is there in your face, nothing you can do about it. Oil is out from Unity State, in your face. 10 states+ big 3 administrations are there, in your face, shut up and follow Kiir.

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          • 28 February 2020 11:44, by Khent


            Ruweng is not an "imaginary name". It’s the name for the Dinka of Abiemnom County. Abiemnom has been occupied by the Ruweng Dinka since at least the 16th Century. Historical documents from the Condominium period consistently point out that the Ruweng Dinka are to the immediate South-east of Abyei at approximately latitude 29°00’E - where they are now.

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            • 28 February 2020 11:49, by Khent

              The Ruweng (Kwil, Awet, and Alor) Dinka reportedly migrated to their present territory north of the Bahr el Ghazal between 1730 and 1780 (Johnson, 1980:29; Howell, 1954b: 116). (The Structure and Development of an Expansionist System, Raymond C. Kelly)

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  • 28 February 2020 09:04, by deng

    Dear All
    the war is for those who are bankrupt of wisdom and understanding, they have no choice just to use power, we the citizens we have our say in loud voice no war again. I don’t understand if the key ministries which make another difference will serve another citizens not South Sudanese if given went to SPLM IO or SPLM.

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    • 28 February 2020 10:54, by Midit Mitot


      You are now talking as nationalist for sure, we don,t want this country going back to this senseless war but those crooks guys it need it to be.

      Job opportunist are always barking for nothing

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      • 28 February 2020 13:31, by deng

        I am nationalist since day, have you see me one day talking like those of tribalism online.

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        • 28 February 2020 14:35, by Midit Mitot


          Am at your side now, I like someone nationalist like you, this country is belong to all and we are the change agents of the nation as young people, keep it-up man!

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  • 28 February 2020 10:46, by King of Nyamlel

    Dear South Sudanese,
    The reality is that even Dinkas and Nuers who are/were with Kiir will go to Dr Machar for Positions. The truth is that Dr Machar is too objective, and ready for political reforms. He is the MOST WANTED leader by majority.

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    • 28 February 2020 13:45, by deng

      their moving ups and downs looking for positions is our not concern here, we want stability to be restorde in South Sudan, South Sudan need development if Dr. Riek make a change then he will get support from citizens. now citizens will know the war was for positions, as national resources will go to six presidency members, 550 MPs, 35 Ministers, unknow advisors and for council of states.

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