Machar returns to Sudan after Kiir refused to meet him in Addis Ababa

SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny arrives to meet President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit to discuss South Sudan peace agreement at Ethiopian Prime Ministry Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on June 20, 2018. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

August 13th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s main armed opposition leader and First Vice-President designate, Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, has return to Sudan after President Kiir refused to meet him in Addis Ababa.

For three weeks, Machar has been in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa follow and invitation by a United Nations official to discuss gender violence issues.

In a statement issued on Monday, the SPLM-IO director of information, Puok Both Baluang, announced the return of Machar to the Sudanese capital.

The SPLM/SPLA (IO) would like to inform members and the public at large that, the Chairman and Commander in Chief of the people’s movement SPLM/SPLA (IO) and First Vice President designate, H.E Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon and his accompanying delegation arrived this evening about 5:00 pm to Khartoum, Sudan after a three (3) weeks official visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,” the statement partly read.

The Chairman visited Addis Ababa on an official invitation from the Under-Secretary General and Special Representative of the Secretary General of United Nations on Sexual Violence in Conflict (SRSG-SVC), Mrs. Pramila Patten,” it added.

The African Union and IGAD mediators have been pushing for a face-to-face meeting between Machar and President Salva Kiir Mayardit who said all meetings should take place in Juba.

Kiir had to cancel a planned trip to Addis Ababa in late July because he was not happy about the Ethiopian-IGAD arrangement for a meeting with Machar.

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