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ACTION – Leaders urged to give peace a chance

The Germany Ambassador to South Sudan Jan Hendrik Van Thiel (Photo by Opio Jackson)

By Morris Dogga

The Germany ambassador to South Sudan, Jan Hendrik Van Thiel has decried the continuous suffering of the people urging the South Sudanese leaders to sit down and solve their own difference.

Hendrik said the leaders should take the responsibility and bring lasting peace to the people of South Sudan.

“I see a country that is deeply traumatized by war. People are suffering and are hungry. People have experienced extreme violence and this has to come to an end. The hunger and the economic crisis have to come to end,” Hendrik said.

“I think that is possible if the leaders of South Sudan take the responsibility, they can bring peace and they should bring peace now to the people,” he added.

Hendrik spoke exclusively to Juba Monitor yesterday after a meeting with the management of the Juba Monitor Newspaper yesterday.

He said the Addis Ababa talks under the mediation of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) were to bring some consensus among the different parties.

Hendrik further said he was optimistic that the expected Face-to-face talks between President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar would bridge the gaps between the parties.

“This is also a very important part of the peace process,” he said.

Hendrik further said South Sudanese should remain hopeful that everlasting peace would be realized one day in the country.

He said his country would support any necessary step towards bringing stability in the country.

“We can’t bring peace but we are ready to support you. We try to support the peace process as we can,” he added.

Early this month President Kiir has accepted to meet Face-to-Face with his former deputy Dr. Riek Machar-an attempt to bring lasting peace in the country.

The peace talks in Addis Ababa which was held last month was postponed to a later date after the parties to the conflict rejected the bridging proposal presented by the IGAD.

Just last week the IGAD has invited the parties for consultation before the next round of the talks could start. The government had confirmed that its members would be travelling to Addis Ababa for the consultation this week.

Millions of South Sudanese have already been displaced by the conflict that started as a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Dr. Riek Machar in 2013.



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