Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

South Sudan Rebel Leader Urges Overhaul of State in Peace Deal

July 10 (Bloomberg) -- South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar said an agreement with the government to end the seven-month-old conflict should involve a complete restructuring of the world’s newest nation.

Talks scheduled to conclude by Aug. 10 should lead to an agreement on a transitional government that includes pledges to implement a federal system and overhaul the country’s security services, legislature and judiciary, Machar said yesterday in an interview in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. He said rebel forces are prepared for more fighting even as he expects talks to resume and clashes have largely stopped.

“The war is not over,” Machar said. “We prepare ourselves for eventualities. If nothing happens that’s good.”

Fighting erupted in South Sudan in mid-December between factions loyal to President Salva Kiir and Machar, his former deputy. Thousands of people have died in the violence and more than a million have fled their homes. In April, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that as many as a million people in the country faced famine unless there was immediate action.

Both government and rebel forces have reported clashes even after Kiir and Machar signed an accord on May 9 committing the two sides to cease hostilities.

To contact the reporter on this story: William Davison in Addis Ababa at wdavison3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Paul Richardson at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net Michael Gunn, Karl Maier

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.