President Yoweri Museveni has received a special message from President Salva Kiir of South Sudan.
The message was delivered to the President yesterday morning at Nakasero State House by South the Sudan Vice-President, Mr. James Wani Igga, who is leading the delegation.
President Museveni and his guests also discussed issues of mutual interest between their two countries – South Sudan and Uganda.
Uganda is one of the African countries that are playing a major role in efforts to restore peace and stability in South Sudan under the regional umbrella of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
Fighting between the Government in Juba, led by President Salva Kiir and his former Vice, Mr. Riek Machar, has been raging since December 2013 causing the displacement of many people in Africa’s youngest nation.
Uganda tells South Sudan to sign treaty
On Tuesday, Uganda asked South Sudan leaders to put their egos aside and make peace after Kiir refused to sign a deal.
Ugandan government deputy spokesman, Shaban Bantariza, told Reuters, that “the Ugandan government knows how strenuous it is to achieve peace between belligerents, especially when the belligerents have big egos and when those belligerents put their personal egos above national interests”.
He added: “We can only continue to mediate, to encourage every side to realise that their country is superior to every one of them individually.”
Kiir asked for another 15 days of discussions, shrugging off pressure from regional mediators to meet a Monday deadline for an agreement.
His spokesman told journalists in Juba on Tuesday the deal on the table had been a “sell-out”, and that government may not sign.
Reuters says President Yoweri Museveni “at one stage stormed out of the venue” in Addis Ababa when the debate heated up.
South Sudan, an oil producer which gained independence from Sudan in 2011, descended into chaos in December 2013 when a political row between Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar spiralled into armed conflict that reopened ethnic lines.
Machar, who signed the deal, accused government troops of launching attacks on opposition forces’ positions just hours after Kiir snubbed the peace deal.
Rights groups have accused both sides of abuses in clashes and raids often pitting Machar’s Nuer group against Kiir’s Dinkas.