Khartoum, September 8, 2019 (SSNA) — The leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) Dr. Riek Machar will go to Juba tomorrow to have a face-to-face meeting with South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir.
The news comes three days after the East African regional bloc, IGAD, announced on Friday that Kiir agreed to meet with Machar in Juba.
A senior SPLM-IO official who asked his name not be disclosed because he was not authorized to talk to the media told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) on Sunday that the two leaders must use the meeting to resolve outstanding issues and warned that the young nation could easily go back to full-scale war if peace is not implemented correctly.”
“Yes I can confirm that Machar is going to Juba tomorrow for a meeting with Kiir. They must find a good way for peace or war could resume,” the armed opposition official said.
The SSNA understands that Kiir has in the past refused to conduct a face-to-face meeting with Machar at least three times. Two meetings were scheduled to take place in Ethiopia and one in Djibouti but Kiir declined to attend any of them, saying was he “very busy.”
Dr. Machar will be accompanied by senior Sudanese government officials.