South Sudan

U.S. Warns Machar on Waging War in South Sudan

The United States government has cautioned South Sudan Vice President Dr Riek Machar against picking arms to fight President Salva Kiir’s government, find saying a declaration of war was “inexcusable.”

SPLA/In Opposition Political Bureau last week decided at a meeting in Khartoum, treat Sudan to wage war on South Sudan’s government.

The meeting chaired by Machar was attended by senior political officials including military commanders.

They include Peter Adwok Nyaba (security and defence), symptoms Wiu Kun Kuiyang (resource mobilisation), Ramadan Hassan Laku, Mabior Garang, Stephen Par Kuol, Elizabeth Acuei and Dak Duop Bichiok among others.

According to meeting’s resolution, the rebel movement decided to “call for the reorganization of the SPLA/IO so that it can wage a popular armed resistance against the authoritarian and fascist regime of president Sava Kiir in order to bring peace, freedom, democracy and the rule of law in the country.”

State Department Spokesperson John Kirby said the U.S. had seen “those statements and strongly condemn them,” adding, “a statement calling for a return to war is basically what he did.”

Kirby said the past two and a half years have proven that “fighting is not going to resolve the underlying political disputes that led to conflict in the first place.”

He added: “We find it inexcusable that he would continue to promote armed resistance. It indicates a lack of concern for the well-being of the South Sudanese people, millions of whom continue to struggle just to survive and just as much want to see peace.”


Thousands of people continue to grapple with hunger and lack of access to social amenities as a result of the conflict in South Sudan.

The fighting between government troops and Machar’s forces have pushed over one million people to neighbouring countries for refuge.

Machar, who fled Juba in the wake of heavy fighting at the presidential palace, is currently in Khartoum, Sudan.

His position as First Vice President was taken by Gen Taban Deng.

Kirby said Washington is keen on seeing South Sudan realise peace and stability.

“So as we’ve always said, the United States expects that the transitional government and all parties, including all leaders of the opposition in South Sudan, will avoid violence at all costs and implement the peace agreement,” said Kirby.


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