South Sudan: President Kiir Says Peace to Return 'Within Weeks'
October 31, 2014
[caption id="attachment_13545" align="alignleft" width="292"] Photo: Mike Pflanz/Gavi/2014
Internally displace.[/caption] Juba — South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir has hinted on possibilities of his country attaining peace within weeks, despite continuous violation of the ceasefire by rebels. The president made these remarks during Wednesday’s meeting with South Africa’s deputy leader, Cyril Ramaphosa. “The South African vice president was given a very important briefing by the president, who assured him of government’s full commitment to bring peace to the country within weeks, if the other side shows the same commitment and readiness to resolve the conflict through peaceful dialogue,” presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny told Sudan Tribune. Both leaders reportedly discussed a range of issues, with president Kiir briefing Ramaphosa about the ongoing peace process in Ethiopia mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). Also discussed in relation to the conflict and the peace process was the intra party dialogue, which was facilitated by the Tanzania’s ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party and what role South African’s ruling party and government could play, Ateny disclosed. The presidential aide said Ramaphosa was visiting the young nation as a special envoy of the South African president, Jacob Zuma. “The vice president of South Africa was as a special envoy of South African president. He came on behalf of President Jacob Zuma with a special message and for a follow up visit on internal party dialogue,” said Ateny. South Africa and Ethiopia reportedly first initiated the intra-party dialogue before CCM party came in and built on their foundation. “So the vice president was coming for follow up and to get briefing from the president on the progress made in the peace process in Bahir Dar where 70% of the contentious issues were discussed and agreed up and the outcome of the intra-party dialogue in Arusha, Tanzania”, said Ateny. JUBA COMMENTS RHETORIC The spokesperson for the SPLM-in-Opposition leader, however, described as mere political rhetoric the statements from the Juba “regime”.
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