Riek Machar Teny, the former vice-president the Republic of South Sudan, has been accused on being behind a coup plot in Juba. He has denied the charges., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
THURSDAY 26 DECEMBER 2013
Machar appoints delegation for dialogue with South Sudan president Kiir
December 26, 2013 (LONDON) – The former vice-president, Riek Machar, said he was ready to initiate dialogue with the South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
Speaking to Sudan Tribune in undisclosed location on Thursday on phone, he revealed that he had already appointed and submitted the list of his delegation for talks to the mediators.
The delegation to be led by the former secretary general, Pagan Amum Okiech, also includes the party senior leaders who are currently in prison in Juba.
Machar earlier on called for the release of the detainees in order to the dialogue to kick off, but Kiir said he was ready for unconditional talks.
The former vice-president left Juba on 15 December when violence erupted between the presidential guards, largely fitting Dinka against Nuer ethnic groups.
Kiir described the violence as an attempted coup while Machar said it was simply a misunderstanding between the guards, which Kiir later on used to get rid of his political opponents.
Senior leaders of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) have been criticising president Kiir, who also chairs the party, for dictatorial tendencies that resisted internal reforms.
Thousands of people are feared dead in the over a week violence which also resulted to the government losing a number of key strategic states and capitals.