South Sudan rebel chief misses deadline to return

April 23, 2016 9:37 pm
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South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar/AFP
South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar/AFP

, GAMBELLA, Ethiopia, Apr 23 – South Sudan’s rebel chief Riek Machar missed an international deadline to return to Juba on Saturday to become vice-president under a peace deal hoped to end war, claiming the government denied permission.

Machar, who appeared at an airport in Ethiopia ready to return home to the capital, said the government in Juba failed to grant him clearance to fly despite monitors completing the required weapons verification.

“I’m very disappointed,” said Machar, wearing an open-necked orange shirt instead of military uniform, adding he hoped to fly on Monday.

Overview
  • Machar, who appeared at an airport in Ethiopia ready to return home to the capital, said the government in Juba failed to grant him clearance to fly despite monitors completing the required weapons verification.
  • "I'm very disappointed," said Machar, wearing an open-necked orange shirt instead of military uniform, adding he hoped to fly on Monday.
  • "We didn't get permission to land in Juba, not today and not tomorrow," he told reporters in the airport in the Ethiopian town of Gambella, close to the border with South Sudan. "The government is stalling."

“We didn’t get permission to land in Juba, not today and not tomorrow,” he told reporters in the airport in the Ethiopian town of Gambella, close to the border with South Sudan. “The government is stalling.”

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