IGAD says South Sudan’s rival leaders to meet in Juba

Machar (right), Kiir (left). Photo: Reuters

Juba, September 6, 2019 (SSNA) — South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) Dr. Riek Machar will meet in Juba to discuss ways to implement the September 2018 peace agreement, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) says.

In a statement published on its website, IGAD explains that its Special Envoy for South Sudan Amb. Dr. Ismail Wais met with President Kiir and the two leaders discussed peace status.

“The IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, Amb. Dr. Ismail Wais met with the President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit, and discussed the status of implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) of 2018,” the statement reads in part.

The statement also says IGAD wants Kiir to release peace funds so that the implementation process can be expedited.

On August 23, an IGAD source told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) that there is already $100 million dollars pledged by the government for peace implementation but only $93.5 million dollars left in the account.

Dr. Ismail Wais, who spent one week in Juba disclosed that Kiir agreed to meet with Machar in Juba but did not specify the date. In the past, Kiir was invited by IGAD to have a face-face-meeting but refused. He declined to attend two meetings in Ethiopia and one meeting in Djibouti.

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3 Comments. Leave new

  • David Buay Lual Jaak
    September 6, 2019 4:10 pm

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    As to my views, it would be feasible to change the venue if Kiir is not willing to have face-to-face talk with Machar. Khartoum, Sudan would be preferable to Juba for safety and security of other party to the conflict.
    IGAD, TROIKA and EUR UNION, UN, etc need to unite and put into an end this lo g term conflict.
    meeting in Juba won’t bring any positive outcome but would only bias.

    • anthony perkins
      September 14, 2019 3:21 am

      these two nobodies don’t get along because they are competing for the countries treasury,so they can steal all they can get their hands on. neither one of them is smart as are any of these African leaders. They are thieves.One old dog died the other day.should have been gone along time ago .What fool would allow the most racist people on the planet to come into their house and take over, but an African fool? Build jails etc.,but an African fool

  • At this moment peace has no barrs completly because two rival leaders had signed it with evidence.


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