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No date fixed yet for Machar’s visit to Khartoum: spokesperson

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July 28, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The spokesperson for South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar said a date had not yet been determined for a visit to Khartoum by the top leader of the rebel SPLM in Opposition, but confirmed the plan was in existence.

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South Sudan’s former vice-president and leader of the SPLM in Opposition, Riek Machar, (L), gives a joint press statement with Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta in the capital, Nairobi, on 30 May 2014 (ST)

On Monday, Radio Tamazuj quoted Machar’s chief protocol officer, Hatim Cuei Deng, as saying the former vice-president would travel to Khartoum in early August and may take two to three days in the Sudanese capital.

While the rebel leader’s spokesperson confirmed the plan of the visit, he said a date had yet to be fixed.

“Yes, it is true. The plan to visit Khartoum is in place. We have not however finalized the process with the Sudanese government,” Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

He said the visit would be facilitated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

Dak added that the mission to Khartoum would be part of the regional tour by the opposition leader to garner support for the IGAD-mediated peace process in Addis Ababa.

The former vice-president in the last two months visited four countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Djibouti, during which he held talks with the presidents and prime ministers of those countries.

Rebels described such visits as “fruitful” and expressed the desire to visit more governments in the region and the world at large in order to sell their views on how to end the more than seven-month-old crisis and establish a federal system of governance in South Sudan.

Last Monday, an attempt by a high-level delegation from the rebel faction to meet president Yoweri Museveni in Kampala failed when the Ugandan government did not receive the delegation at the Entebbe Airport, prompting them to return to Ethiopia on the same day.

Both sides blamed the failed meeting on poor coordination and communication.

The rebels demand withdrawal of Ugandan troops from South Sudan, accusing the southern neighbour of taking sides in the conflict by fighting alongside government’s troops.

The South Sudanese government under president Salva Kiir has been nervous about such high profile visits and interactions between the leaderships of the rebels and governments in the region.

Juba has expressed opposition to Machar’s visit to Khartoum, interpreting it as a move which contravenes the terms and conditions of the joint cooperation agreement signed by the two countries in September 2012.

(ST)

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  • 29 July 08:12, by Madina Tonj

    Well, some of the Omar al Bahsir party have been widespread about their relationship with Riek Machar saying, supporting Riek Machar would be a big mistake, because they says, Southern Sudanese people wouldn’t elected him and our support to him would be worsen rather than sticking with current government. The NCP Party believes Riek Machar is a man known for failure and destruction as we known him

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  • 29 July 08:12, by Madina Tonj

    Well, some of the Omar al Bahsir party have been widespread about their relationship with Riek Machar saying, supporting Riek Machar would be a big mistake, because they says, Southern Sudanese people wouldn’t elected him and our support to him would be worsen rather than sticking with current government. The NCP Party believes Riek Machar is a man known for failure and destruction as we known him

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  • 29 July 08:26, by Madina Tonj

    Dafurian people must know the man who order Peter Gadte Yak to murders 400 Sudanese citizens in Unity State special the big numbers were from Dafurian is coming to fool your government about needing relationship while, he was killing Sudanese citizens in Unity State on April 2014. The question is, will you guys really welcome this man to Khartoum? As we all knew 2600 people were killed in Unity S.

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  • 29 July 08:27, by Madina Tonj

    Dafurian people must know the man who order Peter Gadte Yak to murders 400 Sudanese citizens in Unity State special the big numbers were from Dafurian is coming to fool your government about needing relationship while, he was killing Sudanese citizens in Unity State on April 2014. The question is, will you guys really welcome this man to Khartoum? As we all knew 2600 people were killed in Unity S.

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  • 29 July 08:27, by Madina Tonj

    Dafurian people must know the man who order Peter Gadte Yak to murders 400 Sudanese citizens in Unity State special the big numbers were from Dafurian is coming to fool your government about needing relationship while, he was killing Sudanese citizens in Unity State on April 2014. The question is, will you guys really welcome this man to Khartoum? As we all knew 2600 people were killed in Unity S.

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    • 29 July 13:54, by Rami Tot

      Madina tonj
      You guys will regret killing innocent using public fund and national revenue oil of Nuer believe me or not you have already created bad history for you.

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      • 30 July 00:16, by Ito

        Madina, the same bullet that you are shooting will turn to you soon. Jealousy will kill you and your tribal and crumbling government under dictator salva. Can you provide evidence to show people don’t like Riek. there has never been any election where Riek and Salva stands. why salva wants to kill riek? is because he knows riek is popular than him

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