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JUBA - 5 Nov 2019

Kiir to attend Kampala meeting, Presidency says

The presidency has confirmed that President Salva Kiir Mayardit will attend a meeting to be held in Kampala, Uganda on Thursday.
Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar will meet in the presence of the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and the president of the Sudanese Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al Burhan. The meeting was supposed to take place today, but it has been delayed.
Presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told Radio Tamazuj today that the meeting was postponed due to the president’s busy schedule.
"The meeting has been postponed because the president is busy holding consultations with the peace signatories in Juba, but the president will travel to Kampala on Thursday," he assured.
The meeting, which will be the third face-to-face meeting between the two principal leaders, is expected to discuss outstanding issues in the implementation of the peace agreement before the expected formation of a transitional government on November 12.
The opposition SPLM/A-IO on Tuesday said they received a formal notification postponing the meeting due to ’administrative reasons’.
The key outstanding issues include the creation of unified forces, deployment of soldiers meant to protect top government officials, agreeing on the number of states and drawing internal boundaries.