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August 18, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – A high level delegation of the opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM-In-Opposition) has arrived in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, for talks with the Ugandan top leadership on the fate of Uganda army deployed in South Sudan.

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South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar, smiles as he meets his friends at the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa on 9 May 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

This is the second attempt by the rebels delegation after the first visit was thwarted as Ugandan authorities failed to receive them in June, prompting them to return to Addis Ababa.

Both sides blamed the failure of the visit on poor coordination and communication.

However, rebels spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune that the delegation left Addis Ababa on Monday morning and arrived Kampala at noon.

“A high level delegation led by the deputy chairman General Alfred Ladu Gore has arrived in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, on Monday,” Dak said.

He added that they will hold talks with the Kampala leadership on the withdrawal of Ugandan forces from South Sudan and Uganda support to the peace process.

Uganda has sent thousands of troops backed by tanks and helicopter gunships and fight alongside Salva Kiir’s government.

The rebel group has accused Uganda of fuelling the war and demanded the withdrawal of its troops.

Fighting erupted in mid-December between Kiir’s forces and rebels led by the former vice-president Riek Machar when the internal conflict in the ruling party turned violent.

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  • 18 August 12:02, by angunliach

    you went to wrong place, all of u will be reported dead tomorrow.

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    • 18 August 13:41, by Mi diit

      Museveni is a confidential murderer.

      He doesn’t murder publicly announced visitors to Kampala.

      Maybe the visits of late Dr. John Garang and late George Athor were made confidential and therefore they ended up murdered by different means.

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    • 18 August 14:53, by Ayom Ayom

      I think at this stages, it is too late for lobbying, only few options are available to have peace in South Sudan
      1. Meet deadline on 28th August 2014
      2. Total rebel defeat
      3. Presidential amnesty if he wish.

      Note that, only few peace agreement being negotiated in Addis Ababa Ethiopia can success, otherwise many most peace agreement in Addis Ababa don’t success and easily fail.

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  • 18 August 12:06, by wang

    Ugandan army and other are benefiting from this war and they would never leave south till this curse oil is cut off from Mrs. Kiir. Therefore, this visit is a waste of time because there is no way a man like M7 that get $$$$$$$$3.7millions a day from that poor idiot Kiir will give up easily.

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  • 18 August 12:58, by Dengic

    This is just waste of IGAD resources,if actually IGAD is the one facilitating those useless missions.IGAD should turn a deaf hear to these stooges,they’re just bunch of looters who are causing havoc in the name of reform. Death upon Machar and his thugs.

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  • 19 August 09:00, by philipdit wol

    Riek Machar should learn that,there is always a winner even in a monkey beauty contest.

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