His return to the capital, juba, was supposed to constitute a major step on the path toward the end of the civil war. But the leader Riek…

Riek Machar is still expected

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His return to the capital, juba, was supposed to constitute a major step on the path toward the end of the civil war. But the leader Riek Machar just didn't come.

 

He was supposed to come to the capital city on Monday so as to be sworn in as first vice-president in a new unity government. That has been the main objective laid down in the agreement aimed at putting an end to more than two years of conflict. The government and the rebels have been slow to sign and implement a peace deal aiming at ending a conflict that broke out over tensions between President Salva Kiir and Mr Machar, who was fired as vice-president in July 2013.

As reported by government negotiator Michael Makuei, South Sudan's government and rebels have not reached an agreement over the terms allowing leader Riek Machar to return to the capital.

Initially, Mr Machar's spokesperson pointed out logistical problems, then a dispute arose out of the weapons and soldiers that he wanted to bring to Juba.

The chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), Festus Mogae, explained that further talks should be held on Friday and that without any breakthrough, the matter would be submitted to the U.N. Security Council and African Union peace and security council for “an appropriate response”.

Riek Machar fled the South Sudanese capital city at the start of the conflict in December 2013, which triggered the displacement of more than two million people and cost tens of thousands of lives.

 

(With BBC Africa)

 

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