President Kiir and Riek Machar to meet in Addis Ababa in peace bid

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President Salva Kiir has travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the African Union Summit and he is expected to meet with opposition leader Riek Machar. The two will meet on the sidelines of the summit.

President Salva Kiir has travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the African Union Summit and he is expected to meet with opposition leader Riek Machar. The two will meet on the sidelines of the summit.

 

Speaking to media in Juba, the Presidential Press Secretary Ateny Wek Ateny said President Kiir will meet with Riek Machar to discuss the implementation of the intra-party Arusha agreement signed last week.

“They will be discussing how to expedite the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in regards to the recent Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) intra-party agreement in Arusha, which they both committed to implement in unitary spirit,” he said.

He said the IGAD leaders will also be attending so that they can add pressure on the two leaders to ensure that they reach an agreement and bring peace back to South Sudan.

Meanwhile, the SPLM party has endorsed a reunification agreement signed by the three SPLM party factions in Arusha, Tanzania, last week.

Party chairperson President Kiir and the government negotiating team to Arusha briefed party members on Monday, where he asked the members of the liberation council, political bureau, and parliamentary caucuses to endorse the Arusha Agreement. President Kiir told the extra-ordinary meeting that the agreement should be given room for implementation.

The spokesperson of the government’s negotiating team in Arusha Akol Paul Kordit told media on Tuesday that the agreement is in the interest of peace and the people of South Sudan.

“This agreement is good for this country. It is good for this party, for the people of this country and for our leadership, which is aiming for peace...So we are ready for peace to be brought to the country at any expense,” he said.

He asked South Sudanese to use all the tools available to end the war which he says was enforced on the people.

“Let us now enforce peace through a meaningful political settlement,” said Paul.

The agreement signed on the 21st of this month suggests reviewing of the party constitution as well as its leadership structure, as steps towards addressing the root causes of the current conflict.

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