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South Sudan president accepts unilateral ceasefire, says AU


African Union Chairperson Moussa Faki Mohamat, speaking at a press conference in Juba International Airport, Monday March 27, 2017. (UNMISS Photo)

March 27, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudan President, Salva Kiir, has accepted to declare a unilateral ceasefire; raising hope that such a move would allow the international community to demand the armed opposition also to cease hostilities in order to create the needed security conditions for aid workers to reach civilians in the famine-hit areas in the country.

According to a communiqué by the African Union, President Kiir made the assurance on the margins of the recent IGAD Summit on Somalia in a meeting with, the chairperson for the African Union Commission (AUC) Moussa Faki Mahamat.

Mahamat discussed the security situation in the country and the national dialogue initiative launched by President Kiir as well as the disastrous humanitarian crisis.

“On that occasion, the President of South Sudan assured the AUC Chairperson that he accepted to proclaim unilaterally a ceasefire and grant general amnesty to promote participation in the National Dialogue, which he equally accepted to be inclusive and led by an independent and respective personality," reads the statement obtained by Sudan Tribune.

President Kiir further reaffirmed his acceptance of the deployment of the Regional Protection Force and stressed the added value that African ownership of the political process could contribute to the national dialogue.

The South Sudanese leader, according to the African Union communiqué, stressed the added value that African ownership of the political process could contribute to the National Dialogue.

Mahamat who is in Juba on an official working mission from 26 to 27 March 2017, met with the first Vice President, Taban Deng Gai with whom he discussed the critical issues, including the facilitation of access for humanitarian agencies to deliver assistance to the famine affected people and ensure the protection of the humanitarian actors.

The visiting African official reassured the authorities that the African Union would continue to support and assist the Government and People of South Sudan.

The delegation after meeting the first vice president in Juba and other government officials travelled to Ganylel area of Liech State, in the Greater Upper Nile region to acquire first-hand knowledge about the plight of the people as a result of the humanitarian disaster and show the support and solidarity of the AUC with the people affected by famine and malnutrition.

While in the area, the delegation met with the deputy governor and the representatives of the community, including women.

The Chairperson explained the purpose of the visit and the efforts and advocacy made by the AU Commission. He informed the audience that the AU Commission was appealing to African countries and the international community at large to increase their assistance to the people and government of South Sudan.

The delegation visited the health care facilities, Cholera Treatment Centre and stabilisation centre for severely malnourished children and the work done by humanitarian partners, including the International Rescue Committee (IRC) with limited resources.

The AUC chairperson announced that on behalf of the AU a token contribution of US$100,000 would be given for the victims of famine and an additional US$ 100,000 to help malnourished children.


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  • 28 March 02:44, by Kush Natives

    Mr. President, You have tried everything possible to keep country from falling apart, established a national prayers,cease-fire after cease-fire. I hope that the rebels will understand this deal. Holding up the country with the useless war is taking us no where.

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    • 28 March 06:44, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Mr Kusu,

      Like a woman who likes to lie for benefit of getting money, you are propagating lies and misinformation for nothing other than self and tribal interests. War would not have occurred if Kiir accepted peaceful democratic competition in SPLM before the break out of war in 2013. Kiir has used violence to maintain his illegitimate rule on poor people of South Sudan.

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    • 28 March 07:20, by Midit Mitot

      Accepted in what senses @Yaaaaah confused president? Your government had already failed, your government kill civilians instead of protecting them.

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  • 28 March 06:45, by Eastern

    Stupid! How does mighty Kiir declare ceasefire with groups he refers to as bandits? The battle lines have been drawn; Kiir must go!!!!!

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  • 28 March 06:56, by Angelo Achuil

    "Unilateral ceasefire" is a good idea but even S. Sudanese can forgive Kiir, JCE, & Riek for so much bloodshed, history will not.

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  • 28 March 07:52, by Morgan

    Guys your abusive language will never solve your endless conflicts, If you don’t create peace in your hearts first you will continue suffering like that. I can see you are the most heartless people in the world.

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  • 28 March 07:59, by Eastern

    A true ceasefire is just the first stepping stone; not the national dialogue. Guns must be silenced first for people to be able to engage in any meaningful conversations as stakeholders - as equals!

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  • 28 March 08:02, by Eastern

    Africans leaders are now embarrasing themselves on this! African leaders have been singing that African problems require African solutions. Can this paltry $200,000 from AU help solve the African problem Kiir stirred in South Sudan? Morons!!

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    • 28 March 08:21, by Morgan

      Yeah sure, African leaders will never solve their own problems unless through external intervention but they don’t need that as seeing are not capable in handling their case which is actually true, have you ever seen any long conflicts in Africa solved by Africans rather increasing problems?

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  • 28 March 09:05, by Dengda

    First thing, Kush native doesn’t know himself and what he talking about.
    Second camp full with hyenas, his effort always fall to deaf hear and being contradicted every now and then.
    Third, some African countries has different interest and that would not help South Sudan. Fourth true peace to reinstated Dr Riek to his position for implementation of ACRSS and dialogue come later.

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    • 28 March 11:14, by Tilo

      Nobody is looking for true peace here people are just saying for the sake of talking but not to help control the situation. We all know what the problem is and we know who can best handle & control the fighting but still we are not ready to bring them in.
      Some people have failed beyond reasonable doubt but still we tend to keep them. Bring right people on board, peace can prevail in S Sudan

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  • 28 March 20:06, by garrak1520

    Peace can be achieved if the following can be achieved: 1.Kiir commitment to peace, and respect to prior engagements with IGAD,AU, UN and others;
    2. National dialogue led by independent and respected body.
    3. Implementation of 2015 agreement, therefore departure of Taban and return of Machar which I am not warmhearted of;
    4.Participation of all political movements including the newly formed.

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    • 28 March 21:23, by Lango2010

      Yakuani!! Let be realistic here, if you give condition for peace to prevail, it must really fail to come. All of you are bunch of wolf in sheep skin. Judge for yourselves what it mean. Non of you are nationalist but just opportunist. What is the solution if riek come back or kiir step a side? The situation we are in now is far from the two people think.

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      • 28 March 21:57, by Lango2010

        Don’t blame your neighbour for not putting your own house in order. What will AUC, IGAD, AU do if we fail to abide by rule of law, and respect of human values? Why do we put trust in White men to be having the solution to Africa problem? South Sudan are capable of solving their own problem. But that will only materialize if denounced tribalism and hatred among us. Change will come automatically.

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        • 28 March 22:05, by Lango2010

          Machar is alone case and Kiir will follow, but the hatred and tribalism will remains within us. That is what we need to eradicate in order to live in harmony as a Nation. But if you keep singing the song of MTN, zengee, or JCE than we are adding more wound to the Scars. By Dinka will keep revenging likewise the other tribes, the result is endless wars through out.

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