Jan 26, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- South Sudan’s former Vice President, the Chairman and Commander in Chief of SPLM/SPLA [in Opposition], Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, concludes a successful two days visit to neighboring Uganda and returns to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Dr. Machar and Salva Kiir are expected to attend the Submit of African Union in Addis Ababa from Jan 28-31, 2016.
Briefing the media at Khalifa Suites in Bugolobi, Kampala, Dr. Machar pledged that his call on the Ugandan President has strengthened bilateral ties between the SPLM in Opposition and Uganda’s ruling party, The National Resistance Movement (NRM).
According to Dr. Machar, the late evening meeting in Masindi District of Western Uganda, reached an understanding on three core issues: revoking of 28 states, withdrawal of Sudanese rebels and lifting of the state of emergency to begin implementation of ARCISS.
During the press conference, he confirmed the two leaders reached an agreement on how to open a new page for the two parties- The SPLM/SPLA-IO and NRM – to work together.
“Th president of the Republic of Uganda and I, have agreed to work to start a new page in relations between the two sisterly Movements of the NRM and the SPLM/A(in Opposition) and between the leaders of these Movements” Said Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the Chairman and C-in-C of SPLM(IO).
In regards to implementation of the Peace Agreement, Machar persuaded Museveni to intervene in resolving the following:
- The issue of Twenty-Eight(28) States, how it violates the ARCISS and impedes the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity.
- Lifting of the state of emergency which restricts the movements of SPLM/SPLA [IO] Advance Team and the citizens of South Sudan.
- Implementation of the provision of the ARCISS in regards to Sudanese rebels.
In response to normalization of relations between South Sudan and Sudan government, Machar welcomes Salva Kiir’s statements and urges both sides to expedite the normalization of relations through implementations of provisions of ARCISS and 2012 Cooperate agreements between the two countries.
On his mission to Uganda, Machar was accompanied by 15 senior politicians which includes Professor Peter Adwok Nyaba, the SPLM national chairperson of national committee for training and research, Ambassador Ezekeil Lol Gatkuoth the SPLM Chairperson of national committee for foreign affairs, Ms. Angelina Teny the Chairperson of SPLM national committee for Security and Defense, among other cadres.
The delegation to Uganda was also joined by Cde. Mabior Garang de Mabior, the Chairperson of National Committee for Information and Public relations, after battling members of national security service who obstructed his delegation from leaving Juba.