South Sudanese President Salva Kiir (L, front) shakes hands with Mohamed Hamdan Daqlu, Deputy Chairman of Sudan's Sovereign Council in Juba, capital of South Sudan, Dec. 10, 2019. (Xinhua/Denis Elamu)
South Sudan has made significant progress towards the unification of forces as parties to the revitalized peace agreement completed half-mark of the 100 day extension period that began in November 2019.
JUBA, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan said on Wednesday significant progress has been made towards the unification of forces as parties to the revitalized peace agreement completed half-mark of the 100 day extension period that began in November 2019.
Michael Makuei Lueth, minister of information and broadcasting, said the security arrangements are underway, noting that army unification is a major part of the deal that will pave way for the formation of a new unity government at the expiry of the 100-day extension period.
"The people (forces) are moving to the training camps. Those who are to be trained are not civilians. They are already military personnel. So all that they need is a fresher course which can take two or three weeks," Makuei told Xinhua in Juba.
He said that parties to the revitalized peace accord are committed to its full implementation and formation of a unity government.
"Number of states and allocation of ministerial portfolio and states will be agreed within the next few days," said Makuei.
"Riek Machar, opposition leader of the main Sudan People's Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO), has not come back and we are expecting him to come at any time," he added.
Peter Manawe Gatkuoth, head of information of the SPLM-IO, said timely implementation of remaining critical tasks requires political goodwill, leadership and release of funds.
The peace deal provides that South Sudan must form a unified national army of 83,000 troops before a transitional unity government is formed by February 20, 2020, although the process has been hampered by inadequate funding. ■
Newer news items:
- South Sudan seeks to boost ties with Turkey - 09/01/2020
- South Sudan launches environmental review tender - 09/01/2020
- Sudan’s prime minister embarks on peace mission to rebel stronghold - 09/01/2020
- South Sudan's VP claims 'wrongly' accused of human rights violations - 09/01/2020
- South Sudan launches US$20 million education project - 09/01/2020
Older news items:
- WFP races to prevent worsening food insecurity in South Sudan - 09/01/2020
- South Sudan’s main rebel group condemns fresh attack - 09/01/2020
- U.S. imposes sanctions on South Sudanese vice president Taban Deng Gai - 08/01/2020
- Dubai ports giant DP World hired ex-Israeli intelligence agent to lobby for Sudan port control - 08/01/2020
- Yei bishop urges total peace in South Sudan - 08/01/2020
Popular news items:
- No oil in troubled waters - 25/03/2014 - Read 19691 times
- School exam results in South Sudan show decline - Bikya Masr - 01/04/2012 - Read 16764 times
- Former Lost Boy Gives Back to South Sudan - Care2.com (blog) - 31/05/2012 - Read 15248 times
- NDSU student from South Sudan receives scholarship - In-Forum - 29/09/2012 - Read 14606 times
- With prisons full, South Sudan to introduce mobile courts to clear backlog of ... - Washington Post - 11/10/2012 - Read 12142 times