South Sudan

Riek Machar Leaves South African House Detention Ahead of Adis Ababa Talks

The South Sudan rebel leader, Dr. Riek Machar is expected to leave the detention house in South African capital Pretoria on Tuesday.

Dr. Machar, who has been detained in Pretoria since mid-2016, when fight broke out in Juba for the second time, is supposed to land in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa later today for face to face peace talks with President Salva Kiir scheduled for Wednesday.

A diplomatic source in Addis Ababa, that is also at the headquarters of African Union, revealed to ChimpReports that Machar is arriving a day before the event.

“Dr. Machar is expected at Bole International Airport this evening. Keeping in South Africa was a temporary move,” the diplomat who asked not to be named said.

The SPLA- in opposition spokesman, Mabior Garang de Mabior confirmed last week that his superior, Dr. Machar accepted the proposal of going to attend the peace revitalization process in person.

“The leadership of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) acknowledges receipt of the invitation letter sent by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, requesting the presence of Dr. Riek Machar Teny, for IGAD led face-to-face talks with President Salva Kiir on the 20th of June, 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,” said Mabior.

The rebel leader fled from Juba in July 2016 after heavy gunfire between his guards and that of Kiir inside the presidential palace that resulted to 300 deaths.

The two signed a peace agreement in August 2015 that resulted to the formation of a transitional government of national unity. The transitional government that was constituted in April 2015, with Machar as the 1st Vice President, however collapsed in July 2016.

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The regional body IGAD, that mediated the 2015, wants the two worrying parties to revitalize the agreement.

 

 

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