The South Sudan opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar on Sunday left Sudan capital Khartoum for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where is expected to meet a top United Nations boss.
According to a brief statement released by the SPLA- in opposition Director of Information and Public Relations, Puok Both Baluang, the opposition chief is expected to meet the Under-Secretary General and Special Representative of the Secretary General of United Nations on Sexual Violence in Conflict (SRSG-SVC), Mrs. Pramila Patten.
“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), H.E Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon and his accompanying delegation left Khartoum to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this morning at about 11:00 am, on a visit expected to last several days,” said part of the statement sent to ChimpReports on Sunday.
Mrs. Patten invited Machar, who has been under house detention in Khartoum since the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (RARCSS) in September last year.
“Machar is set to meet with the Under-Secretary General and Special Representative of the Secretary General of United Nations on Sexual Violence in Conflict (SRSG-SVC), Mrs. Pramila Patten, at her invitation,” concluded the statement.
The implementation of RARCSS) has however been delayed for several months over disagreements on the unification of forces.
Both government and the opposition forces have been accused of committing grave human atrocities, including sexual violence.