UN Sec General Calls Museveni Over South Sudan Crisis Top story

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has asked Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to mediate in the on-going South Sudan crisis.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has approached Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni about the on-going South Sudan crisis because of his "role as a regional leader."
According to information on the United Nations website, Ban Ki Moon is quoted saying he has called Museveni about the dire situation unfolding in the country's capital Juba because of his role as a regional leader. He also adds that the situation in South Sudan is a political crisis that needs political dialogue to resolve it before it spreads to other states of the country.
Museveni has been actively involved in mediation of conflict in the region with his key efforts leading to the recent signing of the Democratic Republic of Congo Peace agreement between the M23 rebels and the Kinshasa government.

Uganda Media Centre Executive Director Ofwono Opondo confirms that President Museveni received a call from the UN Secretary General yesterday. He adds that Uganda's own Foreign Affairs ministry proposed that President Museveni speak to the warring parties in the conflict.
Opondo says he is not sure if President Museveni has assented to it.
South Sudan has witnessed fighting since Sunday in what President Salva Kiir's government has described as a failed coup attempt. President Kiir accused his sacked former Vice President  Dr. Riek Machar of being behind the fighting. Machar has denied the charge.
Currently, Bor town in Jonglei state is under the rebel forces and small gun fights are also being reported in the Western Equatorial province and Unity state.
In a separate presser yesterday, Kiir said he was open to talks with his rival Machar over the political future of South Sudan. Machar has said the ongoings in South Sudan are a result of people rejecting the leadership of Kiir.
Museveni was a key figure in South Sudan politics before independence. He had a close friendship with the late Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) leader Dr. John Garang. Uganda offered sanctuary to many South Sudanese fleeing fighing. In return the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) offered Uganda fighting bases in Nzara to continue the fight against Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) warlord Joseph Kony.
 The UN Security Council has called on the factions to dialogue and also held that they will continue to monitor the situation and consider further action as appropriate.


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