The Ambassadors pose for a group photo with President Salva Kiir (Centre) moments after being sworn in [File Photo]
By Lopu Moses
JUBA, 25th April 2012 [Gurtong]
Dr. Itto, told Gurtong that that there is need for the mobilization of the international support. “They need to go out there as soon as possible,” she said.
She added that the ambassadors have been trained in Mombasa, Kenya and that there is need to immediately send them to their respective countries.
Itto said that the diplomacy of South Sudan hasn’t failed yet and pointed the need to work harder and engage Khartoum in peaceful dialogue.
She emphasized the need to send out accurate information and the mobilization for a peaceful solution to end the ongoing conflict.
The citizens have also been called upon to mobilize for the support and that it is the role of the citizens to voice out facts to supplement what the government has said.
Nevertheless, she said that there has been a misunderstanding on the issue of South Sudan and Sudan. She added that the world needs to be informed that the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was not fully implemented citing the demarcation issue which would have been done years back.
The need to get the International Community behind South Sudan has been cited as an important step and that the world should pressurize Khartoum to fulfil their part and come for dialogue.
Meanwhile, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the government’s spokesperson confirmed that the ambassadors will soon be deployed to respective countries but insisted that South Sudan wasn’t doing bad diplomatically as per now.
He admitted that there was a mistake and a delay in sending them, something that he said they are working on.
Last month, 90 ambassadors were sworn-in at J-one and have since not been deployed to their respective embassies.
President Salva Kiir had said that not all the Ambassadors will be sent to the different countries that South Sudan wants to set up embassies due to lack of resources; most of them will temporarily be based at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.