Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday morning sent a special message to his South Sudanese counterpart President Salva Kiir as South Sudanese peace talks progress in Addis Ababa.
The message was delivered through President Museveni’s special envoy Moses Ali who is also Uganda’s First Deputy Prime Minister.
Speaking to Radio Tamazuj, South Sudan’s presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said the message sent by Museveni centred on the general situation in the young nation and the ongoing peace talks between parties in Addis Ababa.
“The message is connected to the general situation in South Sudan and especially peace talks our delegation is attending in Addis Ababa,” Ateny said.
He further said the two did not discuss a suggestion proposed by Museveni recently calling for elections in South Sudan, saying that was Museveni’s proposal at the ongoing talks.
South Sudan’s warring parties morning finalized the review of the provisions of the agreement on declaration of principles. It is expected to be signed later.
Uganda, a key ally of South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, fought alongside South Sudanese government forces against rebels after the outbreak of civil war in December 2013.
The Ugandan troops pulled out of South Sudan as part of the 2015 peace deal signed in Addis Ababa.
Government says peace talks progressing well in Addis Ababa
The South Sudanese government delegation on Wednesday said discussions with opposition groups at the ongoing peace talks in Addis Ababa were progressing well, but the parties could not sign the declaration of principles today as expected.
“Talks started very well this morning. This is the actual function which has started today and we are moving very well,” Michael Makuei, Minister of Information said.
“We are optimistic that probably by tomorrow or next tomorrow we will be in a position to say we have finished chapter one on governance, and thereafter we move to transitional security arraignments and others parts,” he added.
The government spokesman said discussions on permanent ceasefire will start once all outstanding issues are agreed upon at the peace talks.
Makuei reiterated his government’s commitment to return to South Sudan with a final peace agreement with opposition groups.
Declaration of principles not signed
South Sudanese rivals today could not sign the declaration of principle, which would be the basis of the ongoing negotiations.
Multiple sources at the ongoing peace talks in Addis Ababa told Radio Tamauj that discussions on provisions of chapter 1 took time.
They pointed out that it was decided that the declaration of principles will be signed on Thursday morning.