Uganda’s Museveni Urges Machar To Respond To Peace Talks

Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni speaking to the press in Juba shortly after holding talks with Salva Kiir. [Waakhe Simon Wudu]

Riek, together with several other politicians, is accused of masterminding a coup against the South Sudanese government on December 15. Currently there is a fight between the two parties with thousands of people now reported dead.

“We gave Riek Machar some four days to respond. And if he doesn’t we shall have to go for him. All of us that is what we agreed in Nairobi,” Museveni told press shortly after a closed door meeting with President Salva Kiir.

Museveni today paid a visit to his counterpart, Kiir, in which the duo had a nearly one hour meeting.

He said his visit is to understand the political crisis in the country.

His visit marks part of several other foreign delegations trips to Juba in an effort to bridge the gap between government and Dr. Riek and allies accused of masterminding the coup d’état.

Last Friday the Inter-governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) held a special sitting on South Sudan in which the Community drew a number of resolutions, among which included cessation of hostilities between government and Riek’s forces, and holding of peace talks within four days before the end of this month.

However, the South Sudanese Information Minister said on Sunday that there are no efforts made between the two parties as the deadline for the peace talks end tomorrow. 

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