UN Welcomes Peace Agreement in South Sudan

N Secretary General Antonio Guterres today praised the ongoing efforts for the revitalization of dialogue in South Sudan and welcomed the recent agreement signed in that country by the sides in conflict.

 

Through a statement, the highest representative of the United Nations stressed that this document is signed at a time when the security situation continues to deteriorate, marked by violations of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement of December 2017.

He also welcomed the renewed commitment of the sides to redouble their efforts in the interest of peace, and their intentions to continue the negotiations.

Guterres urged all sides to demonstrate the political leadership required at this critical juncture of the peace process and to commit to reaching agreement on outstanding governance and security issues.

In collaboration with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Union, the UN is ready to support the leaders and people of South Sudan in their progress towards a fair, inclusive and enforceable agreement, the Secretary-General indicated.

The sides in conflict in South Sudan signed an agreement in Khartoum on Wednesday to restore peace in the youngest country on the planet.

According to what was announced by the Foreign Ministry of that country, the ceasefire will be in effect from next Saturday.

Likewise, the pact signed by the South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, and his most bitter rival, the former Vice President Riek Machar (and sponsored by the heads of State of Uganda and Sudan, as well as by the IGAD), stipulates the return to their bases of the respective military forces and the disarmament of civilians.

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