Addis Ababa/New York, September 12, 2015 (SSNA) — South Sudanese rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny will this month head to New York to attend a “high-level meeting” organized by the United Nations (UN).
“SPLM/SPLA Chairman and Commander-in-Chief, Comrade Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, will lead a delegation to New York for a high-level meeting on South Sudan. This important meeting will be held on 29th September, 2015, in the margins of the seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly,” Gatdet said.
The rebel Spokesman revealed that the leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) was invited by UN’s Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon; adding that the conference will be at the level of heads of state and government.
“The top leadership of SPLM/SPLA has been officially invited by the UN Secretary General, His Excellency Ban Ki Moon. The meeting will be held at the level of Heads of State and Government,” he revealed.
Gatdet says the up-coming meeting aims to galvanize international support for the implementation of the IGAD-Plus’s compromise peace agreement.
The Spokesman for the Chairman of the SPLM/A-IO did not say whether or not Machar is heading to New York to attend the 70th UN General Assembly meeting which usually occurs in September each year or his mission is strictly for the 29th of September gathering.
However, the SSNA has learned through a confidential source that the rebel leader is invited to participate in the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly and that the meeting is just an important event designed for the implementation of the recently signed power-sharing deal.