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KIIR, MACHAR Optimistic for breakthrough in Khartoum talks

By Woja Emmanuel Wani    

South Sudan President and rebel leader Dr Riek Machar have all expressed optimism and great hope for a breakthrough in the Khartoum peace talks.

President Salva Kiir promised to stop the suffering of the South Sudanese people in remarks made at the start of second round of face-to-face talks with rebel leader Riek Machar on Monday in Khartoum.

“I have declared many times before that I feel the suffering of our people directly because I stay with them. And I know the economy of our country. I know the market, and I see the pain in their faces. So, I have come to really bring this unnecessary war in our country to an immediate end,” Kiir said.

President Kiir cited that “this is a very important commitment so that we get ourselves out of the shame this senseless internal conflict has put on us as the leaders of South Sudan and to allow our people to enjoy their hard-won independence in peace, unity and prosperity.”

On his part while speaking to reporters for the first time in nearly two years, the rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar stated that there is a possibly and opportunities for peace in the country.

“We are hopeful that peace will come because we are in Khartoum to look for peace,” Riek said on Monday in Khartoum.

On Monday Sudanese President said the continuous face-to-face meeting was the only way forward though it’s not the full implementation of the peace agreement.

President Bashir added that Sudan would give whatever it takes to bring peace in South Sudan.

“This face-to-face meeting is the option to our sister-nation and Sudan is therefore available and ready to support all efforts for peace in South Sudan,” Bashir said in a statement broadcast by state-owned Sudan Television.

Bashir also expressed appreciation to the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development for their endeavour in trying to bring the conflict in South Sudan to an end.

Meanwhile the Executive Director for Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) Edmond Yakani appealed to the parties to make a real progress.

“You cannot get peace through political tourism, what matters is change of attitude,” Edmond Yakani said.

He added that CEPO applauded the intervention of the regional countries such as Uganda, Sudan, Kenya and the rest for realization of peace in South Sudan.

After the Khartoum face-to-face talks, President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar will meet in their third face-to-face talks in Nairobi, Kenya to be hosted by the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

IGAD announced that the next phase of the High Level Revitalization Forum will start this Friday in Khartoum Sudan.



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