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Gov’t rejects JMEC proposal to facilitate Kiir-Riek meeting

Author : | Published: Monday, April 11, 2016

The government says it will not allow the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission to facilitate a forthcoming meeting between President Salva Kiir and Dr Riek Machar.

Dr Riek is expected in Juba on the April 18 to meet on the same day with the President on the reconstitution of the transitional assembly and the formation of the transitional government.

The chairman of JMEC, Festus Mogae, proposed last week that he would be willing to facilitate this meeting.

But the government says this is not within the mandate of the commission.

After a meeting of the Council of Ministers on Friday, Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth said the state protocol would organize the meeting between the President and his designate first vice president.

“When Wani Igga wants to meet the President, does he need a facilitator?” Mr Makuei asked.

“The meeting between the Vice President and the President is a process that is usually handled by the protocol officers; so there is nothing that needs the JMEC.”

For his part, Dr Riek has told the JMEC that this matter would be addressed when he is in Juba.

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