South Sudan

Machar, Kiir to Meet in Ethiopia Tomorrow


visit this geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>According to a brief statement from IGAD seen by viagra order geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Chimpreportsdiagnosis geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”> on Wednesday morning, the two-day Symposium starts Thursday in Ethiopia.

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It will be a follow up on the first meeting between Kiir and Machar that took place in Addis Ababa on May 9.

The meeting chaired by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn witnessed the signing of immediate cease fire between government forces and rebels.

The IGAD statement, however, did not mention the formation or putting in place structures for a proposed inclusive Transitional Government which the two key principles also agreed to last month.

But it mentioned seeking a solution based on “political inclusion” to bring to an end the turmoil in the world’s youngest nation.

“ The symposium follows the signing of Agreement on Resolving the Crisis by H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan (RSS) and Dr. Riek Machar, Former Vice President of the RSS and leader of SPLM/A – In Opposition, on 9 May in Addis Ababa. The agreement signified a commitment by the two Parties to seek a political and inclusive solution to the crisis in South Sudan,” part of the statement reads in part.

War broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, with President Kiir accusing Machar of attempting to overthrow him in a coup.

Machar denies the charge, saying Kiir intended to get rid of ‘reformists’ in SPLA ahead of the planned 2015 elections.

But the Juba government maintains that Machar’s rebellion, in which thousands have perished, is evidence that he intended to overthrow a duly elected government by force of arms.

The second convergence shall also include other stakeholders from the country including other political parties, religious leaders, civil society organization representatives and traditional leaders.

“The symposium is expected to bring together up to 150 representatives of South Sudanese society, including delegates from the government, opposition, political parties, faith based groups, civil society and traditional leaders, and will initiate the inclusive phase of the mediation process based on a consensual, round table, multi-party dialogue.”

IGAD said the main objectives of the symposium include initiating the inclusive phase of the IGAD-mediated South Sudan peace talks, based on a round-table, multi-party, representative format; and offering participants thematic, foundational presentations on each of the key areas for negotiation in subsequent talks and allowing participants to informally explore each issue with subject matter experts.

The meeting will also facilitate the sharing of comparative experience from other country contexts, peace processes and transition arrangements; as well identify possible areas of common ground on each thematic issue to advance future negotiations.


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