South Sudan Security Approve Machar's Flight for Monday

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Lt Gen Akol Koor Kuc, the Director General of the NSS Internal Security Bureau has written to the Director of Juba Airport giving urgent clearance for two aircraft carrying Machar and his accompany delegation from Ethiopia to Juba. The letter stated, however, that the two aircraft could not arrive until Monday.

South Sudan's National Security Service (NSS) have approved flights for Dr Riek Machar, the chairman of Sudan People Liberation Movement- in opposition (SPLM-IO) Chairman to enter Juba on Monday April 25.

Machar is due to be sworn in as first vice president in accordance with the terms of a peace deal signed in August last year. The peace deal makes SPLM-IO a partner in the Salva Kiir led government.

Lt Gen Akol Koor Kuc, the Director General of the NSS Internal Security Bureau has written to the Director of Juba Airport giving "urgent clearance" for two aircraft carrying Machar and his accompany delegation from Ethiopia to Juba. The letter stated, however, that the two aircraft could not arrive until Monday.

Akol's letter was prompted by a request from Ambassador Dhano Obongo, Director-General of Protocol, asking that the security service authorize the arrival of two aircraft for Machar's delegation.

This development comes after both the government and SPLM-IO accepted a compromise proposal on how many soldiers and weapons Machar may bring with him on arrival.

After the brokering of this compromise, Machar traveled from his Pagak headquarters to Gambella in Ethiopia, where there is an airport from which he is expected to fly on Monday.

The world has for the last one week waited for the formation of a transitional government between President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar. But Machar has not come back to Juba citing logistical reasons.

Early in the week, South Sudan government spokesman Michael Makuei said the government had not given flight clearance to Machar because his team was bringing at least 260 soldiers plus anti-tanks, anti-aircraft guns, and laser guided missiles which are not in line with earlier agreements to limit SPLA-IO forces in Juba.