The South Sudan President Salva Kiir and armed opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar have agreed to start implementation of the second peace agreement signed in September last year.
The two had a lengthy face to face meeting on Monday at the presidential palace in Juba joined by the Sudan Sovereign Council Vice President, Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Daglo.
According to a statement from South Sudan presidency, the closed door meeting resolved to break barriers impeding the major agreement factor, which is the formation of transitional government of unity.
“The face-to-face meeting of President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr. Riek Machar has broken-down the deadlock in the peace implementation process leading towards the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity,” said part of the statement.
The disagreement on the security arrangement has been the major obstacle in the formation of unity government. Forces from both sides are expected to move to cantonment for integration.
The face to face meeting also reportedly tackled the security arrangement and agreed to mobilize a stunning 83,000 soldiers to protect the top government officials.
“The meeting focused on the need to timely establish the security arrangements, especially on ensuring that the necessary Eighty-Three Thousand forces for the Protection of the Presidency are mobilized, trained, and ready for the task,” added the statement.
South Sudan has a population of only 13.5m compared to neighboring Uganda with 42m and an army strength of 45,000.
The Chair of National Pre-Transitional Committee, Tut Gatluak and his Deputy Henry Oduar reportedly assured South Sudanese that Kiir and Machar are committed to ensure that the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity is formed by November.