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UNILATERAL CEASEFIRE None without commitment and respect -Kiir

President Salva Kiir (file photo)

By Morris Dogga

President Salva Kiir has said that he will declare a unilateral ceasefire if it can be respected by all parties to the conflict.

Kiir said it will make no meaning to declare a unilateral ceasefire that will not be binding on the other side.

“Even if we were to declare a unilateral ceasefire, which the people are talking about, you cannot declare a ceasefire for yourself, you declare a ceasefire so that the two sides respect it all, but it should not be that the unilateral ceasefire is not binding on the other side,” he said.

He made the remarks while addressing the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in Bilpham as they celebrate the 34th Anniversary of the SPLA since its inception.

He said the army stands ready to respond to any attack adding that the force had the right to defend themselves from any attack by anybody.

“If I declare ceasefire, I will make sure that I don’t violate my own ceasefire, but I have the right to defend myself if attacked by anybody,” he added.

“If we say there is a unilateral ceasefire, and you are attacked you cannot raise up your hands and say wait we have the ceasefire please don’t fight us, nobody will do that. So this is what is in waiting,” he continued.

He however said the only way to end the hostility in the country is through the National Dialogue reiterating that next week on Monday, the general secretariat of the National Dialogue will be sworn in so that they start operations.

In March during the IGAD summit, President Salva Kiir made some commitment to declare a unilateral ceasefire and grant general amnesty to promote participation in the National Dialogue.

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