Museveni, Salvir Kiir to Discuss Peace Process

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President Yoweri Museveni is expected to meet the Southern Sudanese President Salva Kiir today to discuss the collapsed Juba-mediated peace talks. The meeting comes shortly after the Lord's Resistance Army rebel commander, Joseph Kony, refused to sign the final comprehensive peace agreement on April 10th. Kony rejected the final text of the agreement on grounds that he needed more time to study the contents of the agreement, particularly the justice and accountability plan. Kony also fired his top negotiator David Mastanga, who was accused of collaboration with the Ugandan government. According to the Juba-based newspaper, the Sudan Tribune, Salva Kiir is expected to ask Museveni for permission for his government's continued mediation of the conflict. Kiir's Vice President, Riek Machar, remained at the remote Congo border on Saturday to try to salvage a final deal with fugitive rebel leader Joseph Kony. Machar intends to meet Kony personally and discuss with him the next stage in the peace process. Machar explained that the LRA signed all the previous interim agreements and said he plans to discuss Kony's reservations on the final text. The signed agreements include the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, the agreement on Comprehensive Solutions and its Protocols, the agreement on Accountability and Reconciliation, the agreement on a Permanent Ceasefire; the agreement on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration. The agreement on Implementation and Monitoring Mechanisms; and the Implementation Schedule is to be signed with and attached to the Final Peace Agreement.


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