South Sudan’s opposition leader Riek Machar has Monday cancelled his expected return to Juba ahead of crucial talks with President Salva Kiir Mayardit.
Alfred Youhanis Magok, the Deputy Chief of Protocol & Public Relations in Machar’s Office, said the First Vice President & Chairman of SPLM, will head to Juba on Tuesday.
“The SPLM-IO would like to inform the Public & International Community the planned visit of H.E.Dr.Riek Machar Chairman of SPLM/A.IO to Juba today has been postponed until tomorrow Tuesday “Machar visit to Juba is always Connected to Sudan & IGAD,” Magok said.
He had earlier said Machar would return to Juba on Monday for invitation from IGAD to attend meeting on the number of the States.
South Africa Deputy President H.E.David Mabuza who is facilitating the talk on the number of the States will hold meeting with Machar in Juba.
Machar will hold a follow up meeting with President Kiir on outstanding issues Security arrangements plus other issues that face the implementation of the RARCSS SPLM/A.
The scheduled meeting between all parties to the September 2018 peace deal comes as a 22 February deadline approaches to form a transitional government.
“IO is for full implementation of the R_ARCSS agreement & we urged President Kiir to order his forces to report to Training Centre,” Magok noted.
SPLA spokesperson, Maj General Lul Kaong, confirmed on Radio Miraya that the training of the screened soldiers for unified forces begins next week.
Machar has been based in neighbouring Sudan since 2018, as he engages in meetings with Kiir on pending tasks amid growing global pressure as a deadline looms in February to form a unity government.
The civil war has killed tens of thousands and forced millions to flee their homes, prompting the international community to rank the country as Africa’s biggest refugee crisis.