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South Sudan president says "imposed" peace never lasts

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September 13, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir believes that an imposed peace will never last, said the newly appointed Islamic affairs aide, pointing to the challenges the transitional government and the various stakeholders are currently experiencing in the implementation of the 2015 peace agreement.

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South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir, seen in Addis Ababa on January 29, 2015 (Photo AFP Zacharias Abubeker)

The president made the remarks during the swearing-in ceremony of the country’s presidential adviser on Islamic affairs, Sheikh Juma Ali who was recently appointed a presidential adviser for the Islamic Affairs after the death of Al-Tahir Bior Lueth Ajak last February.

“The president of the republic is fully committed to end the war, bring peace and move the country forward. As the faith based groups and as citizens of this country, we will work together with his excellency the president of the republic and other stakeholders to ensure we move in the direction that explores ways which are appropriate and peculiar to our situation,” Ali told Sudan Tribune.

The presidential aide admitted South Sudan’s major priority was to end the war in order to bring peace in the country rather than pursuing punitive measures above peace, based on the perception that peace without justice does not address root causes of the ongoing conflict.

“These kinds of arguments undermine (the ongoing) efforts and the desire to bring peace. The president was very clear on this and his approach is to end war first and by ending the war, it means the process should be imposed,” further stressed the aide.

He further added, “If you impose peace, it will not last because the parties for which the agreement was imposed will never cooperate”.

South Sudan descended into violence in December 2013 when political disagreements within its ruling party triggered an outbreak of a current civil war. The conflict has displaced millions of people.

Last week, the South Sudanese leader said he was more concerned about the situation in the war-torn nation, but equally voiced his rejection of any peace deal imposed from outside the country.

“There are people who come with conditions instead of coming to listen to us, to what we have done and how we intend to overcome challenges and way forward,” he told religious leaders in the capital, Juba.

The South Sudanese president said he was personally committed to ending the war in the country, stressing that one side alone would not stop the situation if there is no reciprocation of the same.

“I know that in order for any agreement to endure, peace cannot be imposed from the outside. It must be negotiated directly by the leaders who are required to make the hard choices and compromises that take on history," further stressed Kiir.

"We are determined to stop this war, even without being threatened because these are our people and the country is ours," he added.

The head of the United States aid arm (USAID), Mark Green had earlier Kiir to stop the war and allow unfettered humanitarian access.

But Kiir appeared unmoved by Green’s remarks, despite being told the US plans a complete review of its policies towards South Sudan.

"We came out from a similar situation before and so I have a confidence we will also come out of this situation,” said Kiir.

One of the countries that recognized South Sudan’s independence in 2011, the US played a key role in helping create the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that laid the groundwork for the 2011 referendum, through which South Sudanese overwhelmingly voted for independence.

Currently, the US government remains the leading international donor to South Sudan and provides significant humanitarian assistance to the hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese citizens displaced or otherwise affected since the start of the country’s crisis in December 2013.

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  • 14 September 06:24, by Naath

    The Dinka gangs’ leader salva Kiir and his double blind supporter are telling lies every minutes, every hour and everyday. Your tribal chief "Kiir" is not for peace and has never been for peace, so please stop lying to the world. Infact, the world knows Kiir for being war criminals, money launderer, and a serial killer.

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    • 14 September 06:31, by Newsudan

      Kiir Mayardit should call for peace negotiations with various militias groups,to restored stability to the Country: Olony,Gadet,Gatwech dual,Bakassoro,Cirillo, Lam,among others, these are ones causing havoc and instability

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      • 14 September 13:01, by Kuch

        New Sudan,
        "Olony, Gadet, Gatwech dual,Bakassoro, Cirillo, Lam, among others"
        What do you smoke chap? These *sellout foreign fools* were welcomed back into the main stream SPLA/SPLM since 2002-2006. But what we get some of these days, are always their usual old betrayal of our country & our people all the times.

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  • 14 September 09:36, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

    Our President is a hero and a liberator that is why we nicknamed him Joshua who took the beloved people of God to the promised land. Salva Kiir is so kind and soft that his so called advisers take the advantage to mislead him. Frankly, he is better than the power hungry Riak Machar who have mutinied against the movement, went and joined the Arabs to destroy the movement and turn to SPLA again.

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    • 14 September 10:14, by Malakal county Simon

      But Joshua never betrayed and kills his own people’s right??

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  • 14 September 12:41, by Angelo Achuil

    "president fully committed to end the war" How come there is NO peace then since 2013? If he doesn’t wants "imposed peace" why doesn’t he come up, then show the people the peace you got. Please bring us PEACE now or RESIGN!!!

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  • 14 September 12:41, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Here the statement seemed like it came from a saint yet he is a devil!! He ordered the murder of citizens of different ethnicity, rape of their womenfolk and claims he feels remorse for his own actions. How false is that? Is that for public relationship or a lie to foreigners calculated to lure their dollars? What is clear is that you command rapists, robbers and murderers. No nationalism in you.

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  • 14 September 23:13, by dinkdong

    The"’imposed’ peace" will work when you and your corrupted gov’t officials are out.

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