June 16, 015(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan’s former Vice President, who currently commands the armed opposition, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, concludes his 25th AU Submit invitation in Johannesburg, South Africa, and now plans to travel to Nairobi, Kenya, to meet with the Kenyans’ leaders in the next few days.
Within the last four days in Johannesburg, SA, Machar attended the Twenty Fifth (25th) Ordinary Session of the African Union and held multiple sideline meetings with the African heads of states and governments, and also with the representatives of the United Nations and the United States of America.
The former Vice President met with the United States diplomats led by Amb. Donald E. Booth, and also with the Deputy Secretary General to the United Nation, Amb. Jan Eliasson, to discuss the issues of peace in South Sudan and the roles played by the United Nations and the United States in resolving the crisis in the country.
Machar also met with the Tanzanians’ President, Jakaya Kikwete, Chadian President, Idriss Déby and the newly democratically elected President of the Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, to discuss ways to restore peace and stability in the world’s newest state.
While Tanzania and South Africa have been mediating the Ruling Party, SPLM, Reunification, Chad and Nigeria, along with Algeria, Rwanda and South Africa are joining the IGAD led peace mediation that is expected to resume soon in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
After the submit, which ended yesterday, Machar will proceed to Nairobi, Kenya, where he is expected to meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta, and also with the former president, Mzee Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi.
The former President, Moi, has been mediating a sideline peace initiative to re-unite the sharply divided Dinka and Nuer Councils of Elders in attempt to unite the country.
The elders have signed a peace deal to work together under a newly formed South Sudan Council of Elders and challenged their Kenyan mediators to convene the two warring principals, Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr. Riek Machar Teny.
The Opposition leader, Dr. Machar, is also expected to meet with the former Prime Minister and the main opposition leader, Rt. Raila Odinga, to discuss peace mechanisms to restore stability in the war-torn South Sudan.