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Kiir Meets Rebel Leader Machar Today


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“Tuesday is going to be another milestone here. All member Heads of State are expected to be here for an extra-ordinary session following the two-day successful Symposium,” said Tigist Hailu, IGAD`S communications chief.

“The Council of Ministers shall sit first and later followed by the already communicated Extra-ordinary summit of Heads of State.”

The Council of Ministers, according to IGAD, shall debate and come out with resolutions to be forwarded to Heads of State who shall take final decisions.

Sources told Chimpreports that among the contentious items to be discussed include the formation of “an inclusive” and “transitional” government which shall organize free and fair elections in 2015.

Mediators are considering forming a Federal System among the 10 states of South Sudan.

President Kiir recently affirmed that the new government will comprise several stakeholders not just Riek Machar loyalists.

He also pushed the presidential elections to “two or three years” pending a national reconciliation process to heal the wounds of the shattered nation.

Fighting that started in the world’s youngest nation in December last year has claimed tens of thousands of live, displaced 1.3 million people and forced 360,000 to neighbouring countries, according to United Nation agencies.

President Kiir and his former deputy, Dr Machar signed an immediate Cessation of Hostilities agreement on May 9 but deadly clashes are continuing between SPLA and the rebels.

During today’s conference, participants will also discuss the deployment of troops in South Sudan under IGAD.

Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia are expected to deploy troops in the war-torn country to maintain a buffer zone between government forces and the rebels.

It’s well known in the corridors of power that several countries under IGAD want UPDF to quit South Sudan.

However, Uganda is a key ally of President Kiir.

Should the IGAD force fall short in halting the rebel advance, the government in Juba could be further destabilised thus posing dire security challenges for Uganda.

UPDF spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda recently told this website that Uganda is willing to leave South Sudan when it is satisfied that a joint force under IGAD has been deployed to maintain stability.

President Museveni, who deployed combat units in South Sudan to create a buffer zone between the SPLA and rebels, is expected to give a key address.


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