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Press statement on the Announcement of Face to face Meeting.

Press Release 24th July 2019


Juba 25th July 2019. Authoritatively the office of H.E. the President Salva Kiir declared today that the President will meet with his peace counterpart Riek Machar next week, as part of efforts to push the peace process. Community Empowerment for Progress Organization welcomes and appreciates the announcement regarding face to face meeting between H.E President Salva Kiir and his peace counterpart Dr. Riek Machar leader of the SPLM-IO for addressing the pre-transitional period pending tasks. In a special way Community Empowerment for Progress Organization acknowledged the efforts of IGAD for making this meeting possible at right time.

Mr. Edmund Yakani Executive Director of CEPO says it is essential to have this face–to-face meeting of the top leadership of the parties to R-ARCSS. The speed of implementing the pending tasks of pre-transitional period is very slow because, the remaining timeframe for executing the pre-transitional pending task is running out verses 12th November 2019 deadline.

Compliance with 12th November 2019 is paramount for the parties to R-ARCSS. The upcoming get-together of the top leadership to the R-ARCSS should concretely offer clear and practical responses to the following inquiries;

  1. Assurance of commitment for compliance with 12th November 2019.
  2. What are the practical actions for delivering the pre-transitional pending tasks namely incorporation of the R-ARCSS into the Transitional Constitution 2016, number of states, VIP protection unit, funds transfer and unified army?

We applaud IGAD positive response to CEPO’s our advocacy and lobby for the face to face meeting to take place. This time round we expect the meeting of the two leaders to the R-ARCSS to end up with concrete decisions for compliance with 12th November 2019 by not allowing room for any further extension.