Home | News    Friday 8 April 2016

JMEC offers facilitation of first meeting between South Sudan’s rival leaders

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

April 7, 2016 (JUBA) – Former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae, who chairs the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), has expressed his wish and willingness to help facilitate the first meeting between President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, the leader of the armed Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), following his expected arrival to Juba on 18 April.

PNG - 222.2 kb
JMEC Chairman, Festus Mogae, briefs the UN Security Council, on the implementation of the peace agreement on 31 March 2016 (ST Photo)

JMEC is a body which oversees the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan which the rival parties signed in August 2015 to end more than 21 months of civil war in the country.

Mogae, according to a 5 April, 2016, letter which he wrote to Machar, initially proposing 12 April date for his arrival to the national capital, Juba, said he was prepared to facilitate the arrangement of the first meeting between the two rival top leaders on the same day following his arrival.

President Kiir and his former deputy, Machar, who becomes First Vice President in accordance with the peace agreement, have not met since the signing of the deal 8 months ago.

However, in the letter directed to Machar, President Mogae said he was willing to organize their first meeting before forming a transitional government of national unity which will run the country for 30 months prior to elections.

“Your Excellency, I am prepared, should you wish to facilitate the first meeting between yourself and President Kiir, and would suggest this could be arranged on the afternoon of your arrival. I look forward to meeting you in Juba,” partly reads the letter signed by the JMEC chairman, Mogae, which copy was extended to Sudan Tribune.

The former Botswana president revealed that the transportation of a last batch of the armed opposition forces, which was agreed to be airlifted to Juba from areas under their control, would be completed by Friday 8 April, 2016 and their weapons would subsequently be delivered by the government of Ethiopia the following day on Saturday, 9 April.

“As of the evening of 4 April, 650 of the SPLM/A (In Opposition) troops and police have been transported to Juba. A further 220 are due to arrive today (Tuesday 5th April, 2016). We expect to transport the remaining 500 by 8 April. The transport of the SPLM/A (In opposition) weapons by the government of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia will also be complete by Saturday 9th,” the letter reads.

It explained that the transportation of a total of 1,370 troops will be completed to pave the way for the return of the First Vice President designate to Juba where he and president Kiir are expected to form the transitional government of national unity later this month.

Machar in a letter of response to the JMEC’s chairman has confirmed that he will travel to Juba on 18 April to subsequently form the new unity government with President Kiir.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


“The Nile: Shared River, Collective Action” 2018-02-22 08:06:26 By Dr. Eng. Seleshi Bekele Ethiopia is hosting the 2018 Regional Nile Day Celebration in commemoration of the establishment of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) on February 22, 1999 in Dar es (...)

James Dak’s case:: Why death sentence should be canceled 2018-02-19 14:27:34 By Peter Gai Manyuon On Monday 12th of February 2018, a South Sudan court in Juba sentenced James Gatdet Dak to death by hanging, citing several provisions in the constitution as the basis upon (...)

The Position of the SPLM-N on Relief Delivery Same Wine, Old Bottles! 2018-02-18 06:50:42 By Elwathig Kameir On January 19, 2017, I published an article titled “Armed Struggle and Civil Resistance in Sudan: Catch 22,” from which I quote the following opening paragraphs (from i to iii): (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Petition for release of Agou John Wuoi from prison 2018-02-15 20:45:31 Open letter to South Sudan President Salva Kiir Your Excellency, Kindly please permit me to take this rare opportunity to appreciate you for every effort you have made toward making South Sudan (...)

AUHIP Communiqué on Sudan & SPLM-N talks for cessation of hostilities agreement 2018-02-05 13:04:16 African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan Joint Statement on Unilateral Ceasefire, Cessation of Hostilities and Completion of Negotiations 1) With the facilitation (...)

South Sudanese rights group call to release political detainees 2017-12-10 07:50:31 THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: 10 DECEMBER 2017: SSHURSA CALLS ON ALL TO ACTION FOR SOUTH SUDANESE The 10 December usually marks the international human rights day. SSHURSA notes with (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.