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“We remain confident that the parties to the agreement are committed to finding workable and lasting peace in South Sudan. This meeting with President Museveni, is therefore aimed at ensuring that all the parties are on course to form the Revatilised Transitional Government of National Unity within this extended period. Doing so, is in the best interest of the South Sudanese people, the region and the continent as a whole,” said Deputy President Mabuza.
Efforts are being made in various parts of the world to bring about peace in South Sudan. The United States said last week it will impose visa bans on South Sudan’s peace spoilers while last November, influential Nigerian pastor T.B. Joshua traveled to Juba and led the President and his administration to prayers for peace. Mr. Joshua later spoke with the opposition as well.
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The Ugandan President Museveni is one of the guarantors to the Revitalised Agreement on The Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) while South Africa Deputy President Mabuza is a Special Envoy to South Sudan.
South Sudan is in the one hundred days extension period to finalize all outstanding matters towards the formation of the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity.
In a statement to TODAY NEWS AFRICA, the presidency in South Africa said the Deputy President is in Uganda to “hold a consultative meeting with President Museveni following the Consultative Meeting of Parties held in Juba on 2-4 December 2019, to finalise the matter of the number of States and their Boundaries”.
Deputy President Mabuza facilitated the Consultative Meeting of Parties at the invitation of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
“In the meeting, Deputy President Mabuza is expected to apprise President Museveni on the outcomes of the Consultative Meeting of Parties, and to mobilize support from the guarantor in ensuring that signatories to the agreement reach a workable agreement on the matter of States and their Boundaries. This will pave a way to the formation of the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity as agreed to by signatories by the end of this window of one-hundred days extension,” the presidency in South Africa said.
Deputy President will also hold bilateral consultations with President of the Transitional Sovereign Council of the Republic of Sudan, Gen Abdalftah Alburhan A. Alrahman who is the other guarantor to the R-ARCSS.