UN urges ‘immediate progress’ in South Sudan

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The UN Security Council has urged South Sudan President Salva Kiir and former rebel leader Riek Machar to make “immediate progress” in forming a unity government.

In a statement, the UN Security Council said it was concerned that there was no “substantive progress on implementation of key elements” of a peace agreement signed last year to end a civil conflict between forces loyal to the two leaders.

A statement read by the UK’s Jonathan Allen urged President Kiir and Mr Machar “to make immediate progress on pre-transitional tasks including security arrangements and a process for the resolution of the number and boundaries of states”.

The two rivals have a deadline of 12 November 2019 to form the government, although Mr Machar has already asked for a six-month extension.