South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar says he will return to the capital Juba later this month to form a unity government with President Salva Kiir as part of their stalled peace deal. Kiir’s spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny, said on Thursday that Machar’s return would be a significant step towards the implementation of the peace deal signed between the Juba government and rebel forces loyal to Machar in August 2015. “His return will mark the real beginning of the implementation given that all this time partial implementation was not workable and the government is feeling relieved and the return of Dr Machar is applauded,” he said. Meanwhile, Machar in a letter to the head of the body monitoring the implementation of the peace deal, has said he would be back in the capital Juba on April 18. “I am therefore confirming the date of my arrival to be April 18 and thereafter form with President Kiir the Transitional Government of National Unity and hold the Transitional National Council of Ministers,” to end the ongoing conflict . Under the accord, Machar is to return to the capital, Juba, to assume responsibility as vice-president, a post from which he was sacked in 2013. The rebels loyal to Machar will also get 10 posts, including those of the minister of oil and humanitarian affairs. Meanwhile, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says it has helped Machar’s SPLM/A group transport more than 800 military and police officers to Juba, including two of its generals. The developments come months after the warring sides in South Sudan clinched an accord to end the civil war that has killed thousands of people and displaced more than two-million others in the country. Machar signed the agreement on August 17, 2015 while the South Sudanese president signed the deal about ten days later, on August 26 last year.