Chinese Ambassador, He Xiangdong signs the Revitalized Peace Agreement as IGAD Ambassador Ismail Wais witnesses (Photo by Kitab A Unango):
By Kitab A Unango
The Government of the People’s Republic of China yesterday signed the document of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.
Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan, He Xiangdong said China being member of the International community has to show its support and commitment to the peace process in South Sudan by signing the peace document.
“The government of China has decided to sign this Revitalized Peace Agreement because we believe with support of international community this peace will be successful,” Ambassador Xiangdong said.
China has inked the deal after nearly three months since the first signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement in Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa in September this year. China was one of the signatories to the August 2015 agreement which collapsed later in 2016.
However, it was not clear why the government of China had abstained to assent to the agreement by the time of signing the deal.
But Ambassador Xiangdong said government of China delayed to sign the agreement because China had to go through the full text of the agreement before it assents to it.
“The only technical issue is that the text of the agreement came very late almost at the same day of the signing on September 12. So we had to go through the whole text before China government signs to witness the agreement,” Xiangdong pointed out.
The government of China has been one of the main donors and since independence; South Sudan enjoys good relationship with the Chinese government.
Ambassador Xiangdong said his government was committed to working together with the people of South Sudan to ensure peace is realized in the country.
In his remarks, IGAD Special Envoy, Ambassador Ismail Wais, thanked the government of China for their support to the peace process by signing the peace document.
“I am thankful for the great support they gave it this peace process and to the people of South Sudan,” said Ambassador Wais.
Wais added that several important provisions of the revitalized agreement have already been secured including formation of National Pre-Transitional Committee.
South Sudan descended into civil nearly five years back following the December 2013 incident. In September this year government and oppositions groups agreed again to work together to bring an end to the sufferings of people in the country.