US urge leaders to put aside self-interest

By David Mono Danga

The United States of America has urged the leaders of the country to put aside their narrow self-interest and put the interest of the nation first as South Sudanese celebrate their 7th Independence Anniversary.

In a press statement by the US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on Monday, the US government said for the July 9 to be a real celebration, the fighting must stop everywhere, and South Sudanese leaders must make the tough choices to put aside narrow self-interest and put the needs of the nation first.

“As talks among the parties continue, we remember the struggle of generations of South Sudanese for a better future. We call upon the Government of South Sudan and all parties to the conflict to immediately stop the bloodshed and genuinely resolve their differences through dialogue that reflects the voices of a broad spectrum of society,” the statement partly read.

“Only when the fighting stops can South Sudan begin on a path towards inclusive economic growth and genuine reconciliation,” Pompeo emphasized.

He said the day should be a day of celebration marking South Sudan’s emergence as an independent state and the beginning of a new era of greater peace and prosperity.

“Instead, the conflict that broke out in December 2013 continues to impose immense suffering on South Sudan’s diverse citizens. They have already paid a heavy price for their leaders’ divisions: driven from their homes, facing life-threatening hunger, and subjected to unspeakable cruelty,” Pompeo added.

“The United States remains a friend of the South Sudanese people. We stand ready to work with responsible leaders who are willing to deliver the peace, opportunity, and justice the people of South Sudan have long awaited,” the statement concluded.

South Sudan did not hold a public celebration of the 7th independence anniversary due to unlimited resources to fund the function in Juba as well as in the states.

The Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro said last week that there will be no public celebrations of this year’s Independence Anniversary because there was no need to celebrate the day while most of the citizens are either in the refugee and IDP camps.

This is the 3rd consecutive year that the country has not been able to hold a public celebration of its Independence Day.


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