Pretoria – The Chairman of the SPLM in Opposition, Dr Riek Machar has refused for the second time to meet a delegation of National Dialogue committee headed Angelo Beda, the co-chairman for the National Dialogue – a body formed by Salva Kiir to conduct internal solution to the south Sudan conflict.
The dialogue committee went to South Africa on Tuesday in an attempt to meet the Opposition leader face to face for the second time, and try to convince him to accept the national dialogue initiative. on arrival, the group were met by delegates of the South African deputy president, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa who escorted and taken them to a temporary stay in Cape Town. The group met thereafter with Mr Cyril and asked him to intervene and convince Dr Machar (who is also in Cape Town) for a face to face meeting. Cyril met Machar on Wednesday night and asked the IO chairman to meet the dialogue committee. But Machar refused saying there should be a stop to military confrontation first in South Sudan before a dialogue/
” the war in south sudan is still raging. the peace agreement has collapsed long time ago. who is going to dialogue with who? in any conflict resolution, the first thing to do is to eliminate the fire. fire is still burning in south Sudan now. the role of these group appointed by salva kiir who is also igniting fire elsewhere in south Sudan is meaningless” – Machar told deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Machar wants Dialogue committee disbanded.
In the same meeting with the south African president, Dr Riek Machar the leader of the SPLMIO had called for complete disband of the National Dialogue Committee.
“It serves the same interest. the group were appointed by the same president who caused these man made disaster in the first place. they have no use apart from being a personal agenda. they don’t represent south Sudan or the crisis the country is facing. they don’t have a solution to it either. its a Kiir project that ought to be dissolved for peace to come in south Sudan.”
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