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

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

In a statement, the 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 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 leaders were also told to publicly reaffirm commitment to full implementation of the peace agreement”.