The United States says it deeply regrets that the government of South Sudan chose not to sign the proposed peace agreement.
In a statement, the US State Department spokesperson John Kirby called on the government to sign the agreement within the period it requested.
“We call on the government to sign the agreement within the 15-day period it requested for consultations,” Kirby told reporters at his daily briefing.
He said the US would consider ways to raise the cost for intransigence if the two parties fail to reach an agreement.
Mr. Kirby said Washington would work with regional and international partners on the next steps to increase pressure.
“We are going to work with our regional and international partners on the next steps and on ways to increase pressure, especially against those that are undermining the peace process or opposing this agreement,” he added.
Makuei says Kiir may not sign
Information Minister Michael Makuei says he doubbts that the government will sign the proposed peace agreement after consultations within the next 15 days.
The SPLM in Opposition and the Former political detainees signed the agreement on Monday, but the government said it could not do so before consultations.
Speaking at Juba International Airport this afternoon upon arrival from Addis Ababa with the President Salva Kiir, Makuei told press the people will determine whether the government will sign the document or not.
“The government does not act on its own. It acts in accordance with the will of the people. If the people of South Sudan say this is a good agreement, go and sign it. Then we will sign it,” Makuei is quoted by Eye radio as saying.
“If they says no, then we will say no. And as we have already stated, we have already said no and we have come back to consult you for the second time. If you say go and sign it, we will do so. But I doubt if people will say so.”
United Nations, European Union and UK are jointly exert pressure on Salva Kiir to sign peace agreement already signed by rival Riek Machar.
The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said took note that President Salva Kiir initialled a copy of the agreement with some reservations.
He expressed his strong hope that President Kiir will sign the agreement by the end of the 15-day deadline.
“He reaffirms the United Nations’ continued readiness to work with IGAD, the African Union and other international partners to finalize the agreement and move swiftly towards its implementation.”