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    S/ Sudan: Kampala meeting of SPLM factions postponed

    APA-Juba (South Sudan)

    The reunification meeting of factions of South Sudan's ruling SPLM which was expected to take place in Kampala, Uganda on Monday has been postponed.

    Last week, a team comprising representatives of SPLM in the government and SPLM under the leadership of the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, traveled to Kampala to continue talks over the reunification of the party.

    The factions – SPLM in Juba, the IO under FVP Taban Deng, and the Former Political Detainees – first met last month in Kampala, but the meeting was adjourned due to the absence of members from Dr. Riek Machar’s faction.

    Lam Both, the Information Secretary of SPLM, says Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni put off the meeting due to the absence of the faction of the former first vice President, Dr. Riek Machar.

    “The group of Riek did not show up. They did not communicate,” Mr. Both told journalists on Monday.

    “So far, we were not informed about any new date for the meeting but we know that it will happen properly after finishing consultations” he said.

    The ruling party witnessed a split after the outbreak of violence in Juba in 2013.

    The meeting is intended to help the factions come up with a roadmap for implementing the January 2015 Arusha deal on the reunification of the party which might result in lasting peace in South Sudan.


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