Addis Ababa to Host Former Sudan Rebel Leader

Riek Machar

Riek Machar

By Shujaa Kwanzaa

According to international news reports, Riek Machar, former leader of a Sudan rebel group, will be in Addis Ababa to discuss the implementation of South Sudan’s peace agreement. Reports say that this agreement is facing multiple delays.

One of his movement’s leaders confirmed on Friday, April 26, 2019 that their team will participate in the meeting slated for May 2 and 3.

The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development invited the parties to meet in the Ethiopian capital to discuss “the status of implementation of the peace agreement and the way forward.” A conflict erupted in December 2013 between these groups killing 400,000 people.

Sudanese President Salva Kiir, on the other hand, will not go to Ethiopia. But the government will be represented by its negotiating team.

In mid-April, the Peace Agreement Monitoring and Evaluation Commission expressed concern about delays in the implementation of the agreement signed last September in Addis Ababa by Kiir and Machar.

Under the terms of the agreement, a transitional government of national unity must be formed by May 12, in which Riek Machar would once again hold the position of Vice-President.

But sensitive issues, such as the cantonment of armed groups or the number of regional states, have not yet been resolved.

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