BY UGANDA VANGUARD
KAMPALA – Peace talks between President Salva Kiir of South Sudan and his rival Dr. Riek Machar, chairperson, South Sudan Liberation Movement in Opposition have agreed to extend the pre-transitional period for one hundred days effective 12th November 2019.
According to a press statement issued November 7th, 2019, the meeting chaired by Uganda President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the extension is enable handle incomplete critical tasks related to the security and the formation of a revitalized transitional government of national unity.
The Tripartite Summit of the Heads of State of Uganda, Sudan and South Sudan that took place Thursday November 8th, 2019 at State House, Entebbe on the revitalized Agreement on Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan.
The one-day summit was attended by the President of the Transitional Sovereign Council of Sudan, Abdalftah Alburhan, who are the guarantors of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.
Mr Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, who is Kenya’s Special Envoy on South Sudan also attended the meeting.
In a communiqué issued after the Summit and read by Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Sam Kuteesa, the leaders noted that there were a number of critical matters that needed to be attended to before the formation of the Revitalised Transitional government of National Unity in South Sudan.
“The Summit, therefore, agreed to extend the transitional period for 100 days from 12th November 2019 and to review the progress on these matters in 50 days from that date. A report will be submitted to the Heads of States and parties involved,” Kuteesa said.
During that period Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan and Kenya who were represented in the summit, will request the regional Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which has been at the forefront of peace talks in South Sudan, to address the status of Dr. Riek Machar.
“The leaders also urged the international community to continue supporting the implementation of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan,” he further noted.
President Salva Kiir and Sudan’s leader, Abdalftah Alburhan, commended President Museveni and the Government of Uganda for hosting the Summit.