Gen. Hemeti in closed-door meeting with Machar to present Sudanese proposal
JUBA – The deputy chairman of Sudan’s Transitional Sovereign Council General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo who is better known as “Hemeti” is in the South Sudanese capital Juba and is currently in a closed-door meeting with First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny to present to him the Sudanese proposal regarding the solution to the disagreement over unified army command.
Speaking to Sudans Post this afternoon, a senior South Sudan main armed opposition official allied to First Vice President Machar said the Sudanese leader arrived in Juba this morning from Khartoum and is in a meeting with Machar which he said has extended for several hours as the First Vice President is expressing reservations with the Sudanese proposal.
“The deputy president of the Sudanese sovereign council has arrived in Juba and now as I am speaking to you is in a meeting with the Chairman and Commander in Chief of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) Dr. Riek Machar Teny and has presented the Sudanese proposal to him,” the official who requested not to be named said.
According to the senior opposition official, the new proposal allocates four army positions to the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition and one police position, but First Vice President Machar has however expressed reservations making deadlock inside the meeting.
“The proposal is that the SPLM-IO is given the position of the deputy chief of defense forces, inspector general of the army, the deputy army chief for moral orientation, and deputy army chief for training. This is in addition to the deputy inspector general of police,” the official added.
The official said the SPLM-IO chairman has expressed rejection of this proposal “because the revitalized peace agreement and the security arrangement provides for a fifty-fifty division of the unified army command and we will not accept anything less than that.”
The official further said the meeting was still going on and the SPLM-IO will release a statement this afternoon “to enlighten the general public on the developments regarding the entire implementation of the revitalized peace agreement which we promised the people of South Sudan to fully implement.”