Troika Dismisses Claims Of Machars’ Exclusion From Revitalization Forum

Troika (the UK, US and Norway) has dismissed claims that they have excluded Dr. Riek Machar, the former First Vice President from the upcoming High Level Revitalization Forum for implementation of the peace agreement.

By Jale Richard

JUBA, 24 November 2017[Gurtong]-“Recent press reports/assertion by the government of South Sudan that the troika has agreed to exclude Dr. Riek Machar from the IGAD High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) are false/incorrect,” a statement issued on Thursday by the Charge de Affairs of the United States Embassy, Jeffrey N Bakken reads.

This comes after some media outlets reported this week that the Troika has decided to exclude South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar from preliminary meetings of the revitalization process.

He added that all those that have a stake in South Sudan’s future must be represented at the high level revitalization forum and commit to a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

“We continue to make this point to all parties, including the government and Dr. Riek Machar, as part of our full support of IGAD’s revitalization efforts,” he said.

On Thursday, IGAD has released its pre-forum consultation report on revitalization forum with a number of proposals to be considered, including a return of former First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar to TGoNU.

IGAD says in the report that among the options is for the TGoNU to continue with the implementation of the peace agreement. It also suggested exclusion of President Kiir and Dr. Machar from the next interim government.




 

 

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