SPLM reunification talks collapse over Machar exclusion
Monday July 17 2017
Former first vice president of South Sudan and SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar (left), and President Salva Kiir. AFP PHOTO | ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni faced mounting pressure from diplomats from Western countries to invite the former South Sudan opposition leader.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir’s government had protested against the talks because Juba did not want Dr Machar in attendance.
It would appear that Kampala is still studying the change of heart among some Western powers that now appear to have softened towards Riek Machar, a position that runs counter to their previous stance.