President Kiir welcomed after talks in Entebbe
Citizens at the Juba International airport waiting for the president’s arrival yesterday (photo by Woja Emmanuel Wani)
By Woja Emmanuel Wani
South Sudanese citizens yesterday matched to the airport to welcome President Salva Kiir upon arrival from the Ugandan capital Kampala after meeting rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar in a face-to-face talk in search for peace in the country.
Hundreds of citizens who matched to the airport expressed their happiness for the willingness shown by President Kiir toward reaching agreement for sustainable peace with the opposition groups.
Mr. Abdul Fakir a student of University of Juba said that the recent journeys by the president to the regional countries have brought green lights for a lasting peace in the country.
“The president has been moving restlessly and tirelessly from Ethiopia to Sudan and Uganda. These movements are not just for fun. He has shown us great hope for breakthrough in all these negotiations starting from his visit to Khartoum and we are very happy for his tireless efforts,” Fakir said in an interview with the Juba Monitor at Juba International airport.
Fakir added that the president has shown his willingness for peace and that the opposition and other stakeholders to the South Sudan peace talks should also do the same to end the suffering of the people.
Meanwhile the Chairperson of the South Sudan Civil Society Alliance (SSCSA) Mr. Akuoch Ajang Nyanhom said that the SSCSA was committed to support the ongoing initiative for peace.
He said that the pace taken by the president to put the interests of the people first had put no reservations into the hearts of the people in pursuit for sustainable peace in the country.
“It is our demand that the warring parties must be committed this time to bring a lasting peace to the people of south Sudan. We are thankful to the president for his commitment for peace and we will continue to urge all the parties to the conflict to continue negotiating and bring to an end this senseless war,” Akuoch added.
The government and the main opposition the Sudan people’s liberation Movement/ Army in Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) had agreed on a power sharing deal in Entebbe Uganda, reinstating the rebel leader Riek Machar as the First Vice President.
Speaking at the airport the Cabinet Affairs Minister Dr. Martin Elia Lomoro who is also a delegate of the peace talks said that the agreement was reached in talks held in Entebbe mediated by the Ugandan President Yuweri Kaguta Musveni and the Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir.