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Machar meets Ethiopian Prime Minister Desalegn in Addis Ababa

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February 24, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese First Vice President designate, Riek Machar, on Wednesday met with the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, meets South Sudanese First Vice President, Riek Machar, 24 February 2016, Addis Ababa, (Courtesy photo of SPLM-IO)

His press official said the meeting dwelled on the status of the implementation of the peace agreement signed in August 2015 mainly between President Salva Kiir’s government and the armed opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) led by Machar.

“Yes, the two leaders met on Wednesday in Addis Ababa. My chairman, Dr. Riek Machar, briefed the Ethiopian Premier on the progress of the implementation of the peace agreement and its challenges,” Machar’s press secretary, James Gatdet Dak, confirmed to Sudan Tribune.

The media official said the meeting shared the steps taken in the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), particularly in the security arrangements toward formation of a transitional government of national unity.

Ethiopia hosted the two-year peace process between rival South Sudanese factions. The peace negotiations were mediated by former Ethiopian foreign minister, Seyoum Mesfin, assisted by representatives from other regional countries.

The East African regional bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which sponsored the peace talks, is also chaired by the Ethiopian head of state, Desalegn.

The parties initially agreed last year to partially demilitarize the capital, Juba, and deploy a joint police and military forces to total over 8,000 troops; with the opposition contributing 2,910 and the government contributing over 5,000.

A transitional unity government is supposed to be formed in accordance with a power sharing provision with President Kiir remaining the head of state while his rival, Machar, becoming the first vice president until elections will be conducted after a two and a half years of transitional period.

The formation of the government has however been delayed due to delay in the implementation of the security arrangements, including partial withdrawal of government troops from Juba and deployment of opposition forces.

A force of 1,370 of the opposition faction will be transported to Juba before the end of February, according to the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), a body which oversees the implementation of the deal. The rest will arrive in Juba after formation of the transitional government.

The top opposition leader is expected to return to Juba once the 1,370 combined police and military forces arrive in Juba so that he and Kiir will form the government in the first week of March.

Also the parties have not agreed on locations of cantonment areas throughout the country, which sometimes results to renewed military clashes over contest of the locations.

Machar returned to Addis Ababa on Tuesday from the South African capital, Pretoria, where he held talks with the South African President, Jacob Zuma, on peace deal implementation in the young war-torn country.

He had earlier this month met with the Ugandan and Egyptian presidents on the future of peace in South Sudan.

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  • 24 February 2016 21:44, by Toney Toney Matot

    Machar,
    running up and down in foreign countries seeking more support to pressure the government will never yield any fruits but may lead to collapse of peace agreement. come to Juba and form the government.

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    • 25 February 2016 05:27, by Malakal county Simon

      Slave/Toney

      What is wrong if Dr Machar touring the world in order to delight and brief them about illegitimate president Kiir backtracking about implementation of peace???? The delayed of Juba demilitarized and the suspension of new constitution, is against the peace accord, and the world need to know that through Dr Machar touring the countries......

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      • 25 February 2016 05:29, by Mi diit

        BREAKING NEWS!

        I will stop commenting on this forum (Sudan Tribune) until this cursed stupid president (Salva Kiir Mayardit) is no longer the president of my lovely country, South Sudan.

        Good bye for now folks until new president in South Sudan!

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        • 25 February 2016 17:29, by Lango2010

          what a hell are you people after, do you think you have respect to the people of South Sudan? wise people says ’charity begin at home’ but your greedy monster think he will achieved it through outsider. what a shame !!!!

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          • 25 February 2016 17:33, by Lango2010

            i guess machar is playing a delay tactic because he was told by a witch doctor, that he will die in the hand of is own Nuer tribesman in is attempt to come to Juba.

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            • 25 February 2016 17:36, by Lango2010

              it might be true, mr greedy. your days are numbered, and the blood and soul of innocent South Sudanese that perish because of your seat are crying out to the Mighty God. there is no escape this time.

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      • 25 February 2016 05:32, by Malakal county Simon

        Continue...

        What about the isolated and confused illegitimate president Kiir, what do you think the world think of him????

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  • 25 February 2016 12:55, by Mapuor

    Hahaha Dunia Maa dawama yea Nyagat .28 states oyee.

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  • 25 February 2016 13:42, by Deng Akon Mayen

    you guys will never achieve anything on your hatred and confused element who want only his seat.what will South Sudanese gain from him(Dr.Machar).we youth should speak changes and kind of leaders we want can’t be Machar and Kiir both lost their leadership

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