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KiiRiek to meet face to face again in Juba



South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Chairman of the main armed opposition group, Dr. Riek Machar Teny are expected to meet again next week in the capital Juba, in a bid to resolve contentious issues ahead of the formation of a Transitional Government of National Unity, according to an opposition official.

“I think it will take place maybe 10th or 9th of this month of October. They need to agree on the number of the states and bounders of the states. These outstanding issues need to be resolved before we go to form the government of national unity,” SPLM-IO Deputy Head of Information Manawa Peter Gatkuoth told journalists on Tuesday.
Last month, South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit and leader of the main armed opposition faction, Dr. Riek Machar held a face-to-face meeting in what’s seen as commitment to revitalized peace agreement signed in September last year.

However, the meeting between the two leaders remained hanging in the balance as they could not agree on a number of outstanding issues, including the formation of a unified national army and the fate of the number of states and boundaries.

South Sudan’s warring parties signed a peace deal in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to end years of political rivalries and return the country to the path of peace and unity.

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