Addis Ababa/Juba, April 27, 2019 (SSNA) — South Sudan’s main opposition factions will be in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, next week to participate in talks designed the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to bolster the implementation of the September 2018 peace agreement, the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) has learned.
The move comes as South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) leader Dr. Riek Machar disagreed over ways to execute the deal.
The SSNA understands that Machar agreed to attend the meeting, but his rival, Kiir refused to attend but assured IGAD that he will be represented by his delegation.
Last week, Kiir asked Machar to go to Juba to form a transitional government as May 12 dateline stipulates in the pact approaches. However, the armed opposition leader rejected the call, citing security arrangements.
Machar explained to Kiir that he cannot accept his call for the formation of a provisional government because, according to him, the formation of transitional is the last one after implementation of peace main provisions (security arrangements).
There is wide speculation in South Sudan that the government is trying to repeat the 2016 scenario by attempting to bypass implementations of security arrangements.
The peace talks are scheduled to begin on May 2. 2019.