Kiir briefed on Sudan proposal to establish unified command
AUTHOR: Losike Elia | PUBLISHED: April 1, 2022
Government delegation who returned from Khartoum briefed the president Salva Kiir on Unification of Forces
The government delegation that traveled to Khartoum Sudan has returned to Juba with a proposal which was presented to President Salva Kiir on Thursday afternoon.
Official says the discussed technical matters with president on the Sudan proposed unified command structure of South Sudan army and security organs.
The minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation Hon. Mayiik Ayii Deng says the SPLM-IG has reached an agreement on the unification of the organized forces as proposed by Sudan but did given’t details on the term of the proposal.
“We want to inform the South Sudanese people that H.E., the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, is now ready to receive the Sudanese leadership to concluded the deal,” Ayii said.
However, it is not clear if the proposed unified command structure will be accepted by the SPLM IO since they rejected President Kiir Republican decree which give seniors positions in the SSPDF and police forces to SPLM/IO and South Sudan opposition alliance.
President Kiir has expressed readiness to established unify forces and warned some of his senior officers to expect losing their positions for peace.
President said those who will be affected is not of their performance nor merit but to make those position go to other parties in the peace agreement.
“These negotiations mean that some will lose their seats, not because of their merit or performance, but to accommodate others in the peace agreement.”
Mr. Kiir praised his officers as competent and have displayed gallantry and discipline throughout their lives serving the country in the army, the police, and the organized forces.
President Salva Kiir and his deputy, Dr. Riek Machar, have started talking following the tensions between the two principals that caused alarms last week in Juba.
Last week, South Sudanese minister of cabinet affairs Martin Elia, foreign minister Mayiik Ayii Deng and the chief of military intelligence, Lt. Gen. Marshal Stephen, and Presidential Adviser Tut Gatluak were in Sudan to find a meaningful solution to the South Sudan peace process.
The United States of America has urged President Salva Kiir and the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, to end the tensions and emphasize peace implementation.