By Benjamin Takpiny
JUBA, South Sudan (AA) - South Sudan's presidential adviser on security affairs on Thursday said the country is ready to form a transitional government of national unity.
Tut Gatluak, also the chairperson of National Pre-Transitional Committee that was tasked with the implementation of peace agreement said that they are ready to form a transitional government of national unity on Nov. 12 without delay.
"All arrangements about the implementation of peace agreement are done and we are ready to form transition government on time, there is nothing ahead of us apart from formation of transition government," he said at a press conference in the capital Juba.
He added that they don’t have any objection on the formation of the government on Nov. 12.
"We are working now to complete everything on time and left with formation of transition government only," Gatluak told reporters.
All the forces from both the government and oppositions are moving to cantonment areas for training, he stressed.
President Salva Kiir, opposition leader Riek Machar and other signatories to peace agreement will meet to see what was already implemented and what is left to work on, ahead of formation of transition government, he added.
The Sudan People's Liberation Movement-in-Opposition, the main opposition group, on Monday rejected a push for a unity government in November without proper security arrangements and agreement on the internal boundaries of states.
The issue of states and boundaries will not hold the formation of transition government, Gatluak said.
President Kiir, opposition leader Machar and a number of other opposition groups signed the peace agreement in September 2018, but the rival leaders had been unable to create a unified army and determine the number of states since the deal was signed.
South Sudan slid into crisis when Kiir sacked Machar as vice president in December 2013 on suspicion of plotting a coup, followed by a protracted civil war that claimed the lives of tens of thousands and forced 4 million people to flee their homes.
Before a 2018 peace deal, five years of fighting between the two leaders crippled the country, with millions displaced and almost 400,000 people dead from violence and disease.