LATEST: US doubts ability of South Sudan’s president Kiir and rebel leader Machar to bring peace

NAIROBI, July 22 (Reuters); The United States doubts whether South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have the leadership qualities needed to deliver peace to the country at war since 2013, the White House said on Sunday.

Peace talks last week in the South Sudanese capital Juba need to be more inclusive to succeed, the White House said, adding that it will impose fresh sanctions on anyone who threatens the country’s stability.

The statement constitutes tough U.S. language about South Sudan, a country whose independence in 2011 Washington backed after a war with Sudan that lasted decades. Since then, tens of thousands have been killed in a civil war.

“We are deeply concerned about the direction of the current peace process …. A narrow agreement between elites will not solve the problems plaguing South Sudan,” said the statement.

It implored the warring parties to implement a ceasefire as a first step and condemned a move by the country’s parliament to extend the government’s term in office.

“South Sudan’s political leaders … have not demonstrated the leadership required to bring genuine peace … We remain sceptical that they can oversee a peaceful and timely transition to democracy and good governance,” it said.

On June 13, a U.S.-drafted resolution at the United Nations Security Council imposed an arms embargo..

South Sudan’s parliament voted this month to extend Kiir’s mandate until 2021, a move likely to undermine the peace talks as opposition groups say the change is illegal.

Last week Kiir said he is ready to accept a peace deal to end the war and set up an inclusive new government. The proposed deal would give the country five vice presidents and also covers security and power sharing arrangements. (Reporting by Omar Mohammed Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg)


  1. Bentiu Ramaran says:

    The U.S.A is behind South Sudan civil war that is why it is not serious in bringing peace.

    • Eastern says:

      IF you want to be counted among the league of human beings, please try to reason as such! How much has Russia spent on South Sudan? Saying USA is behind the civil war in South Sudan is akin to breaking the win???; however, when you do that in public and you are found out, you must be rebuked!

  2. False Millionnaire says:

    BR is right. Go sell your rubbish to fools from another planet.

  3. Bismark says:

    When Dinka soldiers were on throats of Nuer people in Juba and entire South Sudan USA took a part in that!! Do not post childish articles just because you see crumbs of bread at a corner of Kiir’s Table and you think now is the time to make about turn political!! You never know it could be a poisonous bait to lure you to you death. BR is myopic even after loosing thousands of his kinsmen.

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