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AU expects positive face to face Khartoum meeting  

AU Ambassador Joram Biswaro receiving Olympic certificate from the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai as David Shearer discusses with NTLA Speaker Lino Makana (photo by Kidega Livingstone)

By Kidega Livingstone

The African Union Mission in South Sudan has called for a positive outcome of the second “face to face” meeting scheduled to take place between President Salva Kiir and the rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar in the Sudanese Capital Khartoum.

Last week the two leaders met in Addis Ababa under the auspices of the Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed but the meeting ended without any agreement on the contentious issues.

Head of African Union Mission in South Sudan, Ambassador Joram Biswaro said that the Union supports the face to face meeting between President Kiir and Dr. Machar because they consider it as a good gesture towards restoring peace and unity in the country.

“We hope that in this second round of face to face meeting peace will be realized for the people of South Sudan who continue to suffer every day in this senseless war. The time is over and a political will have to be taken in order for the young South Sudanese to participate in the coming Olympic game with peace of mind,” Ambassador Biswaro said.

He made the remarks last Saturday during the raising of the Olympic flags in Juba which would allow South Sudan to participate in the 2020 World Olympic game in Tokyo, Japan.

Ambassador Biswaro commended South Sudan national Olympic committee, saying after raising the Olympic flag; South Sudanese should know that sport has no race, culture and tribe.

He stressed that sport was one of the things that united all races together.

“I see this great nation has potential in sport that will make a change to unify the Country and contribute to the development of this continent,” said Amb. Biswaro.

In his part, the Special Representative of Secretary General of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, Mr. David Shearer commended the government and the Olympic Committee for joining the Olympic. He said sport was a powerful tool to build tolerance and friendship across the border.

“Importantly Olympic represents unique  opportunities for the people of South Sudan to come together under one flag to participate as a unified nation on the World Stage not only in line with Olympic but also builds a conducive environment necessary for all,” Mr. Shearer said.

The First Vice President Taban Deng Gai who was the Chief Guest of the occasion said that South Sudan would soon achieve lasting peace following the commitment of President Salva Kiir in face to face meeting with the opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar.

“Stability is very important. The government is committed to make sure that peace is restored in this nation,” Taban said.

 

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