Sept 03, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — After meeting the former Vice President and the would be First Vice President of the Transitional Government of National Unity, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, President Alpha Omar Konare, the former President of Mali, has visited the capital of the war-torn South Sudan, Juba, yesterday to meet with President Salva Kiir and his leadership.
President Omar, a high level representative of the African Union, is leading AU senior officials who are working on the implementation of South Sudan Peace Agreement.
Their meeting with Dr. Machar in Addis Ababa on September 1st was mostly centered on the implementation of the agreement, and according to Dr. Riek, the meeting was “fruitful”.
“I met and held a fruitful meeting today with the former Mali President H.E Alpha Omar Konare, African union high representative to the republic of south Sudan, and other AU seniors officials regarding the implementation of the peace agreement .” Dr. Machar states on his timeline after the meeting.
Konare and his delegation arrived in Juba yesterday, and according to officials, the AU delegate is expected to meet with president Kiir today.
As part of the efforts to ensure successful implementation of the agreement, US Ambassador To South Sudan H.E Mary Catherine and her delegation also visited the armed Opposition leader, Machar, in Addis Ababa on September 1st.
United States as a partner and representative of IGAD and TROIKA, who funds South Sudan peace talks and also leads in the establishment of Hybrid Court, demands that the warring parties must implement the peace agreement as signed without preconditions or reservations.
Despite that war has continued in the three states of Greater Upper Nile after the signing of Compromise Peace Agreement, both sides pledge their commitment to implement the document.
The two principles have ordered a Permanent Ceasefire except in case of “self-defense”. As part of this commitment, SPLA generals on both sides are attending workshops in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the auspice of IGAD-Plus to boost their capacities to implement the permanent ceasefire declaration.