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The South Sudanese leader made these remarks after receiving a security briefing from is advisor on security affairs, Tut Kew
Gatluak and the security team comprising of the director general for external bureau at the national security service, Thomas
Kiir, according to a close aide, opposed diplomatic engagements pushing him to reinstate Machar as first vice president and
indicate readiness to work with the latter.
“If they are for peace, they should work with us and the transitional government of national unity to implement this agreement.
We do not want more time to be wasted again. If it is because of war is reason they want to send more troops, let them give us
and see what we will do and let them talk to Riek to denounce violence and wait elections," stressed the South Sudanese
When time comes for election, nobody will stop him to contest for whichever position he wants but he should not continue to
agitate for war to prolong suffering because he is not part of this government”, he added.
S. Sudan’s Kiir says imposition of Machar will prolong conflict
April 4, 2016
August 27, 2016 (JUBA)- South Sudan president Salva Kiir
warned on Saturday that any attempt to impose a return to
power his main political rival and the leader of armed
opposition, Riek Machar, will prolong the war and increases
the suffering of the people.
Machar was replaced as the country’s first vice president
when he left the capital, Juba days after his forces clashed
with those loyal to Kiir outside the presidential palace.
“What is that they want in South Sudan? If it is peace and
end of sufferings, they should wait and see whether comrade
Taban and I will do. We know our people are suffering and
for this comrade Taban and his group have agreed in
principle with me to cooperate to implement this agreement”,
|Riek Machar, left, first vice president of the Republic of South Sudan, and
Salva Kiir, the president, at the first meeting of the new transitional
coalition government in Juba, South Sudan, in April, 2016 (Jason