South Sudan rivals to hold talks in Juba

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South Sudan's exiled rebel leader Riek Machar meets with President Salva Kiir at the presidential palace in Juba on September 9, 2019.PHOTO | AKUOT CHOL | AFP
President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir (R) shakes hands with arch-rival South Sudan’s opposition leader Riek Machar (L) during peace talks at Uganda’s statehouse in Entebbe where they were received by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (C) on July 7, 2018. (Photo by SUMY SADURNI / AFP) (Photo credit should read SUMY SADURNI/AFP via Getty Images)

South Sudan’s exiled rebel leader Riek Machar is due to meet with president Salva Kiir in Juba on Tuesday.

Machar’s visit was confirmed to Radio Tamazuj by the deputy spokesman of the opposition forces.

The two protagonists are expected to discuss issues seen as critical to the realisation of the peace accord signed in September of last year.

Some of those issues include the number of states and their boundaries which were increased to 32 by a presidential decree and arrangements to integrate rebel soldiers into the national army.

Last month, at a summit in Uganda, the leaders agreed to extend the deadline for the formation of a unity government, a key part of the peace agreement, to February of 2020.

But little progress has been made since then.

Machar’s camp accuses president Kiir’s government of deliberately frustrating peace efforts by reneging on key parts of the accord. Juba has recently come under pressure from Washington for not acting fast enough to implement the agreement.

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