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KIIR, MACHAR. BASHIR AND MUSEVENI ARE MEETING IN ENTEBBE TO FINALIZE A PEACE ACCORD

Entebbe, 7 July 2018; Uganda President Museveni is hosting a meeting between the South Sudan antagonistic leaders, President Salva Kiir and country's main armed opposition leader Riek Machar for the final South Sudan Peace Pact. 

The closed-door meeting between Kiir and Machar is held at the state house in Entebbe by Mr. Museveni in the presence of his counterpart the President of Sudan field marshal President Omar al-Bashir. 

Both leaders arrived in Uganda with delegations of the technical team to witness a new era of peace for the war-torn country. 

It was expected the two leaders will give the press conference to the media after their closed doors meeting at State House in Entebbe. 

This comes hours after South Sudan's government and warring parties have agreed on Friday to withdraw troops from urban areas, a Sudanese official said, as they signed a security deal aimed at ending a four and half-year-old devastation civil war in the world youngest nation. 

"All parties have agreed to withdraw military troops from urban areas as part of the security agreement," Sudanese chief of military intelligence Jamal Omar said on Friday at the signing ceremony in capital Khartoum. 

The Friday's agreement followed the declaration of a permanent ceasefire declared by Kiir and Machar more than a week ago.  

Sudanese official, Omar said a security committee would also be set up to monitor the implementation of the deal, which allows the opening of humanitarian corridors to deliver aid. 

"The security deal stipulates that there will be no military presence in civilian areas including churches, villages, schools, and camps," he said, adding that a program will be launched to collect all long and medium-range heavy weapons. 

Sudanese Foreign Minister Al-Dierdiry Ahmed said the warring factions have also agreed to immediately free detainees and prisoners of wars. 

"It's time for our brothers to put down their weapons," Ahmed said at the ceremony. 

He told AFP that the rival groups have also entered talks on power-sharing, the details of which would be discussed on Saturday in Kampala at a summit between Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Kiir and their Sudanese counterpart President Omar al-Bashir. 

Opio Okello Onen 

SSLN

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