The United Nations has sent out a warning to the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir on the removal of Riek Machar as South Sudan’s VP.
The UN stressed that the appointment of South Sudan’s VP and every appointment made by the government must be consistent with the peace deal which brought the South Sudan civil war to an end officially.
“Any political appointments need to be consistent with the provisions outlined in the peace agreement,” U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters in New York on Tuesday.
The latest on the South Sudanese political scene is the appointment of a new Vice-President by President Salva Kiir. Kiir appointed General Taban Deng Gai on Monday to be his new deputy.
This appointment could pose a threat to the peace deal as Deng Gai who was once a chief negotiator of the opposition no longer stands with Machar. In fact, on Friday Machar stated that Deng Gai has been sacked after the former VP accused him of defecting to President Kiir’s party.
Mr. Machar left the country earlier this month as a resurgence of violence staged by loyalists of Machar and Kiir against each other began in the South Sudanese capital, Juba.
President Salva Kiir, however, issued an ultimatum to Machar demanding that he return to Juba within 48 hours in order not to forfeit the peace deal or face being replaced as VP.
Mr. Machar stated that he will only return when international forces are deployed to put an end to the violence between his forces and President Salva Kiir’s.
“We call on all parties to ensure that the ceasefire is maintained and that any divisions within the opposition or between the parties be dealt with peacefully through dialogue,” Haq said.