Machar: Uganda’s Museveni has shifted perspective in the direction of peace in South Sudan
(ADDIS ABABA/KAMPALA) – Chief of the armed opposition faction of the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Motion (SPLM-IO), Riek Machar, on Monday counseled Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni, saying he has seen optimistic strategy to making sure peace in South Sudan.
“When president Museveni was here during the summit I saw a shift in his attitude and his commitment to support the peace agreement,” stated former vp, Machar in a press convention he held in Addis Ababa on Monday.
He stated he had dispatched a excessive stage delegation of 11 members to Kampala who met president Museveni final Saturday in a bid to interact the authorities in Uganda on the implementation of the peace settlement he signed with president Salva Kiir to finish the 20-month lengthy civil struggle on this planet’s youngest nation.
“We want to read the mood in Kampala on the implementation of the peace agreement,” stated Machar.
“We are satisfied that the Ugandan government is behind the peace agreement which is very important to us because it is part of the conflict and they have troops which they will have to withdraw,” he stated.
The Ugandan troops had been deployed in South Sudan in December 2013 on the invitation of president Kiir shortly after combating broke out between forces loyal to Kiir and people allied to Machar.
The most recent peace settlement signed between the 2 rival leaders generally states that the troops of the Uganda Individuals’s Defence Forces (UPDF) should pullout from South Sudan except for these in western equatoria state who got here below a special association to hunt for the Uganda rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Military (LRA).
In accordance with the peace settlement, UPDF will withdraw from all places in South Sudan together with Bor and Juba, however quite a few their troops will stay in Western Equatoria begin per the association made with the African Union (AU) as a regional activity pressure to battle the LRA rebels.
Earlier, Ugandan minister of international affairs, Henry Oryem Okello, stated on Saturday that the UPDF is not going to withdraw from the South Sudan regardless of the internationally backed and Intergovernmental Authority on Improvement (IGAD) mediated peace settlement which demanded their withdrawal.
“We are not pulling out. Uganda is not part of the agreement. We have a bilateral arrangement with South Sudan government like U.S. has troops stationed in Japan,” Oryem was quoted as saying by quite a few regional media shops.
Following Saturday’s assertion by the Ugandan international minister the rebels have requested rationalization and different Ugandan officers together with from the ministry of protection stated their deputy international minister was misquoted, saying their troops will withdraw inside 45 days in accordance with the peace deal.
“When we heard of it we inquired and we were told that the minister was misquoted,” stated Machar.
NO GRUDGE AGAINST UGANDA
The spokesperson of the insurgent delegation to Kampala, Stephen Kuol advised Sudan Tribune he was optimistic of Uganda’s optimistic contributions in implementing the peace settlement.
“Let is be identified that the SPLM/SPLA below the ready management of Dr. Riek Machar doesn’t maintain any grudges in opposition to the Republic of Uganda and its management. We’re saying for us to implement this peace settlement, we should the whole lot behind us,” stated Kuol.
“Let bygones be bygones,” pressured the armed opposition official on Monday.
The principle focus, Kuol additional stated, was on easy methods to successfully implement the brand new peace accord.
“We want the help of the Ugandan management, the management of the area, African Union, United Nations, the Trioka and all folks of goodwill who made it potential for us to get one other alternative for peace within the nation,” stated the insurgent delegation spokesperson.
Rival forces in South Sudan battle have issued statements counter-accusing one another of violations of the everlasting ceasefire hours after it got here into impact on Saturday midnight as declared by president Kiir and armed opposition chief, Machar.
In the meantime the rebels accused authorities forces of continued assaults regardless of the signed peace settlement which calls on each warring factions to take into impact a everlasting ceasefire.
In a separate interview with Sudan Tribune, performing spokesperson of SPLM-IO military, Colonel William Gatjiath Deng, alleged that authorities forces have launched bombardments on Saturday in Unity state’s Leer, Koch, Mayiandit, and Rupkotni counties.
“They are today on their way going to Jonglei state in Fangak county in the river. They have also started bombardments on the river bank in our controlled territories,” he stated.
Deng added that the insurgent forces didn’t retaliate however remained standing of their defence positions.
The navy official additional alleged that the Ugandan troops had been combating in opposition to them alongside aspect the federal government even after the peace deal was signed.
The spokesperson of the federal government forces, Colonel Philip Aguer, on Saturday and Sunday equally accused the rebels of launching assaults at authorities managed territories in Malakal city in what he stated was to achieve extra territories.
“Their intention is to gain more territories. This is the purpose of these attacks. That was why they attacked the positions of our forces in Malakal yesterday (Saturday) and again today (Sunday),” stated Aguer.
“For us, our forces will not attack them but they have the right for self-defence,” he added.