South Sudanese warring parties are meeting Saturday in the capital Juba to resolve outstanding issues relating to the implementation of the August 2018 revitalized peace deal, an IGAD-led committee has confirmed.
Both sides have been summoned by The United Nations Security Council in its bid to assess the progress and commitment of the parties towards final and lasting peace in Africa’s youngest nation.
The meeting comes on the backdrop of threats from rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army In Opposition (SPLA-IO) that they will not be part of prospective joint government unless all outstanding issues relating to the August 2018 peace agreement are resolved.
The rebels led by former Vice President Riek Machar asked the IGAD and the international community to focus on the full implementation of the peace accord rather than pushing for the prospective November 12. joint government.
Rebel officials confirmed Friday that “Machar will go to Juba on Saturday.”
“We have received an invitation letter from the United Nations for Dr. Machar to attend a meeting in Juba,” Pouk Both Baluang, the SPLM-IO’s director for information said, adding that the rebel leader “will return to Khartoum as soon as their meetings conclude in Juba.”
East Africa Daily