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Press Statement ahead of Preparation for President Salva Kiir Meeting with Dr Riek Machar.

Preparations underway for President Salva Kiir and Dr Riek Machar Meeting.IGAD Official Confirmed.

Juba 27th July 2019.  Abdullahi Busuri, Programme Manager of the Inter-governmental Authority for Development (IGAD), told Radio Tamazuj 0n 26th July 2019 that preparations are underway to hold a meeting between President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar, The meeting will take place soon but we cannot announce the venue. Abdullahi said.  

Community Empowerment for Progress Organization learned about the confirmation concerning face-to-face meeting of the top leadership of the parties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan. For us CEPO we feel it’s an essential meeting to happen without hindrance since the extended pre-transitional period is running off, and still key pending tasks were not effectively delivered as pre-condition for the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity. 

Mr. Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of CEPO says involving decisions from the top leadership of the parties to R-ARCSS are required with regards to solution-finding on some of the pending tasks of the pre-transitional period.  Compliance with 12th November 2019 is vital political step for the parties to R-ARCSS to prove political legitimacy under the spirit of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan.  Standing on the ground of embracing political rigidity on the way forward is not healthy for successful political transformation in South Sudan. Mr. Yakani stressed

CEPO is urging all actors in South Sudan and outside the country to strongly support the idea of South Sudanese leadership to the R-ARCSS to have urgent meeting to sorting options for resolving the pending tasks of the pre-transitional period with the aim of Compliance with 12th November 2019 and leave no chance for further extension of the pre-transitional period.