Museveni hosts third round of South Sudan peace talks amid accusations of broken promises

Above are South Sudan, Riek Machar (left), Salva Kiir (extreme right), Museveni, Omar al-Bashir(second right). Museveni is hosting the political discussion with president Salva Kiir and his former deputy Dr Riek Machar at State House Entebbe. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA– President Yoweri Museveni is today June 7, hosting a third face-to-face discussion at State-House Entebbe between  president Salva Kiir and his former deputy turned rival Dr Riek Machar to reach a comprise-deal to end the nearly two years political crisis in their country.

This part of the sequence of talks that started in May this year, Khartoum, Sudan and now come to Uganda.

Don Wanyama, the presidential press secretary confirmed to PML Daily that “all key players in the peace process are in Entebbe right now.”

President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crime against humanity and war crimes, is also in Entebbe to witness the peace talk discussions.

The peace talks between the two rival leaders , were called by the Inter-Government Authority on Development (IGAD) leaders, the seven-member regional bloc that has been facilitating the South Sudan peace talks since fighting first broke out in December 2013.

President Museveni at the end of the second face-to-face discussion in Khartoum, he pledged to support the efforts to reach a peaceful settlement for South Sudans crises, expressing hope that the talks managed to achieve positive results.

“Joined regional leaders today at the Freedom Hall in Khartoum, Sudan for the IGAD summit on facilitating the peace process in South Sudan,” Mr Museveni wrote on social media.

He added that “My appeal to key political players in South Sudan is to have constructive deliberations as they negotiate for peace, unity and concretize the ground for the development of their country.”

“I also salute Dr Machar for honouring this peace-making mission for the benefit of all people in his country and His Excellency Salva Kiir for being present too,” Mr Museveni added.

At the end of the Khartoum peace talks, the two leaders agreed to make the needed concession for sake of peace in the war ravaged country.

Key among others issues discussed in second face to face meeting include, having three capital cities in the country during the transitional period (Juba, Malakal and Wau), comprehensive ceasefire and deployment of IGAD and African Union monitors.

Despite both parties declaring ceasefire there was fresh fighting sometimes last week, with both parties blaming the other of breaching the agreement.



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