South Sudan Rebel Delegation to Meet Ugandan President Next Week

Addis Ababa, July 20, 2014 (SSNA) — South Sudanese rebels have revealed that a high level delegation which compromises of senior leaders of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in Opposition (SPLM-O) will meet the Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni next week in Kampala, Uganda.

James Gatdet Dak, the Spokesperson for the leadership of the SPLM-O, released a press statement stating that the delegation will include several members of the SPLM-O top leadership.

“The delegation will be led by the Deputy Chairman, General Alfred Ladu Gore, and it includes Dr. Dhieu Mathok Diing, Chairperson for External Relations, Professor Oyet Nathaniel Pierino, Chairperson for Political Mobilization, Cde Mabior Garang de Mabior, Chairperson for Information and Public Relations, Cde Hussein Mar Nyuot, Chairperson for Humanitarian Affairs, Ambassador Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Deputy Chairperson for External Relations, among other”, Dak said in the statement.

He further explained that the meeting will focus mainly on preparations for an upcoming face-to-face meeting between Machar and Museveni.

“The sole purpose of the visit is to make necessary preparations for the expected face-to-face meeting between the two leaders. The meeting is expected to take place in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, any time soon”, Dak added.

The official Spokesperson for the SPLM-O Chairman also disclosed that the expected meeting between Museveni and Dr. Machar was brokered last month by the former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo.

Most South Sudanese do not trust the Ugandan president Museveni; they suspect him of killing Former South Sudanese pragmatic leader late Dr. John Garang de Mabior, Former rebel leader Lieutenant General George Athor, among others.

South Sudanese rebels demand the withdrawal of Uganda’s troops; Museveni refuses proclaiming that Uganda has interests in South Sudan and that Juba asks Kampala for a military help. Regional observers have on many occasions warned that Ugandan military involvement in South Sudan could intensify the conflict, perhaps making it even worse.

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