Regular Kiir-Machar meeting needed for peace implementation – UNMISS head

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Dr/. Riek Machar (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Dr/. Riek Machar (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

June 26th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – Regular meetings between South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardiit and opposition leader, Dr. Riek Machar, are badly needed for the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement, head of UN mission in South Sudan, David Shearer, said on Tuesday.

Shearer who is also the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General made the remarks during a briefing to the United Nations Security Council on the slow implementation of the revitalized peace agreement on Tuesday.

“A fundamental challenge is the lack of regular face-to-face meetings between President Salva Kiir and Opposition leader Dr Riek Machar,” Shearer said.

“These leader-to-leader meetings, preferably held in Juba, are critical because trust and confidence can’t cold start the day a new unified government is formed,” he said.

South Sudan’s Machar is in the Sudanese capital Khartoum and is under house arrest and not allowed to move according to aides.

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