UGANDAN PRESIDENT HOLDS TALKS WITH SOUTH SUDAN OPPOSITION

KAMPALA, Nov 28– Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has held discussions here with South Sudan’s Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in opposition team led by General Alfred Lado Gore over peace efforts in South Sudan.

Thursday’s meeting here, arranged by the Uganda Peace Support Team set up to broker peace talks in the ongoing conflict in South Sudan and led by Gen. Salim Saleh, was aimed at supporting efforts to restore peace and tranquility in South Sudan. The team is pushing for the conflict to be resolved amicably in a negotiated settlement.

According to Mabior Garang de Mabior, the son of Dr. John Garang de Mabior, the late South Sudan liberation leader, their meeting with President Museveni came ahead of a scheduled meeting with their principal. Dr. Riek Machar, the former South Sudan Vice-President, sacked by President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

He said their objective is to explore the prospects of peace in South Sudan. He described the meeting as successful.

Their team also included Dr. Dhiew Mathok (Chair External Relations), Mabior Garanga de Mabior (Chair Information and Public Relations), Otim David (Representing Uganda) and Colonel Elijah Tut (Security and National Secretary).

The Uganda Peace Support team is led by Gen. Salim Saleh and includes Sagal Abram Emong (Chairman), Busho Ndinyenka (Vice Chair/Lead facilitator), Dr. Arthur Byamugisha (Consultant), Ndiwalana Herbert (Coordinator/Emissary), Aziz Buwedeewo (Secretary) and Major F. Chalo Achaye (Member).

According to Gen. Salim Saleh, the team is dedicated and willing to go an extra mile to ensure that peace and tranquility is restored in South Sudan. Ndiwalana Herbert said their strong conviction is to use dialogue and not guns to settle the conflict in South Sudan.

SOURCE: NEW VISION

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