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Museveni, Kiir Hold Second Meeting, Set for Talks with Machar

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Museveni with Kiir

President Yoweri Museveni has continued a hands-on approach with his efforts to bring the disagreeing South Sudanese groups by convening another meeting between President Salva Kiir and his country’s other stakeholders so that the South Sudanese groups talk rather than continue fighting.

Following yesterday’s meeting between Museveni, Kiir, and former political detainees within SPLM led by Rebecca Garang, a special meeting was convened between the latter groups.

At the end of today’s session, according to a statement from State House, Museveni scheduled another meeting in the near future to which other dissenting SPLM groups in South Sudan will take part including a representative of Riek Machar.

Other key players, the statement reads, will also be engaged to a roundtable discussion with the sole intention of bringing about the unity of the SPLM Party.

“The people of South Sudan gave you incredible political capital in the referendum and subsequent election. This should not be squandered,” Museveni is quoted saying in the communique.

Kiir, on his part, thanked Museveni for receiving him and his delegation as well as other South Sudanese stakeholders with a view to promote peace and stability in Africa’s youngest independent country.

Garang described the meeting as “cordial, open and frank leading to a much needed start of reconciliation to consolidate efforts to unite the South Sudan ruling party and the nation.”

The release of some political detainees was hailed as a big step by the SPLM government in the right direction to fulfil the implementation of the Arusha Agreement.

The group also expressed willingness to work with the government in the process of restoring peace to the South Sudan.

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