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National Dialogue committee travels to South Africa

By Opio Jackson

The National Dialogue steering committee is due to travel to South Africa today (Monday) for a four day retreat. The delegation is headed by the Co-chair Angelo Beda.

In an interview yesterday, the head of Communication Unit, Alfred Taban said the retreat would also act as an opportunity for the steering committee to find out how far the South African deputy President had established contact with Dr. Riek Machar.

“You can remember in June a delegation of the National Dialogue steering committee went to South Africa to try to talk to Dr. Riek Machar, but the team was not able to meet him though the two have changed letters,” Taban said.

He added that in the letters exchanged between the National Dialogue delegation and Dr. Riek Machar was not opposed to the dialogue instead he preferred negotiation of the conflict with the government.

“The delegation did not give up the attempt to meet Dr. Machar, but it tasked the South African deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to continue to talk to Dr. Machar so that he can meet the delegation,” Taban said.

“So our going to South Africa is more less the continuation of that trip,” he said.

Taban stressed that during their retreat, they will look into how far they have gone into resolving the issues of conflict in South Sudan and see whether they can also come out with some recommendation,”.

He reiterated that South Africa has been instrumental in trying to bring the leadership of  the National Dialogue to contact with Dr. Riek Machar. He said their  retreat to South Africa will be an opportunity for the leadership of the National Dialogue to find how this contact have progressed.

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