South Sudan

Machar camp attacks US secretary of state Kerry


The camp of deposed South Sudan vice president Riek Machar is not happy with US secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry who is on the African tour on Monday met with the Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta.

He urged President Salva Kiir to accept a regional protection force or risk losing $138m aid for food and medical care.

Opposition suggests that Kerry should have condemned the replacement of Machar with Gen Taban Deng.

Machar’s spokesman James Gatdet Dak notes that whatever personal opinion uttered by the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, to approve “illegal” actions in Juba by President Salva Kiir and his “defector” and partner in conspiracy, Taban Deng Gai, is a contradiction and a double standard.

He argues that it is also not the last word and does not represent the provisions of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS).

“It is a clear violation of Article 6.5 of the peace agreement.”

IGAD-Plus resolutions in Addis Ababa and United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions in New York expect the illegal replacement to be reversed as it was “inconsistent” with the peace agreement as described by the UNSC, he noted.

“I therefore call John Kerry’s comment his personal opinion because his government was represented in passing IGAD-Plus and UNSC resolutions which criticized the illegal replacement of Dr. Riek Machar.”

According to Dak, this should not therefore stir excitement from those who are keen to violate the August 2015 peace agreement.

“I believe that John Kerry did not take his time to investigate what had  actually transpired in the illegal replacement process in Juba so that he would have made an infomed decision or comment.”

He said the SPLM/SPLA (IO) would expect Kerry to respect the resolutions of IGAD-Plus and the resolutions of the UNSC, in which his government participated in passing these resolutions.

“It is unfortunate for him to support illegal actions in Juba.”

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