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KIIR, witnesses Sudan ink peace deal

By Kitab A Unango 

The Sudanese Interim Government and the opposition groups have signed roadmap documents that will pave way for further negotiations to end war in Sudan.

The two documents, signed under the auspices of President Salva Kiir in Juba yesterday included Joint Declaration of Cessation and Political declaration.

Speaking during the signing ceremony at the state house [J1] yesterday, President Salva Kiir Mayardit called on the parties to ensure full commitment in implementing the pack to end conflict in the neighboring Sudan.

Kiir reiterated that lack of stability in Sudan affects South Sudan and vice-versa saying the two nations should stop war and focus on developmental activities to elevate the suffering of civil population.

“I want the two countries to move out of the crisis and concentrate on peace and development,” Kiir said.

President Kiir commended the parties for demonstrating eagerness to end Sudan’s protracted civil war blaming the ousted government for delaying peace process, hence the prolonged suffering of the Sudanese People.

“Mediation is not something easy, not because it is difficult to bring peace to Sudan but the old system did not want solution and I believe the new system is capable to bring peace to Sudanese,” he said.

Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, Deputy Chairperson of the Sudan Sovereign Council signed on behalf of the government while Dr. Alhadi Idris Yahya signed on behalf of the Revolutionary Front.

The event was witnessed by representatives from both the national and international communities including IGAD and AU as well as members of the United Nations.

Hamdan said the roadmap documents will ease negotiation process and help Sudan to be the first to achieve the African Union goal of silencing guns in the continent by 2020.

“We thank the people of South Sudan and the leadership of President Salva Kiir for the efforts to bring peace to Sudan. We will commit ourselves to the provisions of the agreement to end the suffering of millions of Sudanese,” he said.

Dr. Alhadi Idris, leader of the Revolutionary Movement called on the International Community to support the peace process in Sudan to allow people to voluntarily return home to rebuild their lives.

“We assure you of our commitment to the peace process and we will make good use of the two documents,” Idris said. “So we need the International Community to support the peace process and help refugees to return home,” he said.

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