US Welcomes President Kiir’s Signing of Peace Deal

“The United States welcomes President Kiir’s decision to accept the terms of peace and sign the regionally-sponsored peace agreement today in South Sudan. However, we do not recognise any reservations or addendums to that agreement”

By Agoth Abraham

AWEIL, 28 August 2015 [Gurtong]
- The United States of America has welcomed the signing of the IGAD-led peace agreement by South Sudan President Salva Kiir.

The US has however, expressed hope that the South Sudanese government’s reservations will not hamper the implementation of the peace deal.

In a statement by the National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice the US said a lot still needs to be done in implementing the agreement between the two warring parties.

“The United States welcomes President Kiir’s decision to accept the terms of peace and sign the regionally-sponsored peace agreement today in South Sudan. However, we do not recognise any reservations or addendums to that agreement”, she said.

“The United States believes this is the necessary first step toward ending the conflict and rebuilding the country”.

“Now the hard work begins. Implementing this agreement will require commitment and resolve from all parties to the conflict as well as South Sudan’s regional and international partners”, read the statement.

She added that the United States will support the people of South Sudan as they begin the implementation process, but said the parties must remain committed to peace.

“We will work with our international partners to sideline those who stand in the way of peace, drawing upon the full range of our multilateral and bilateral tools”, said Rice.

The US statement acknowledged the effort exerted by IGAD and other peace partners in mediating South Sudan conflict up to this end.

It further called for continuous efforts and collaboration in implementing the final issues agreed upon.

“The United States is grateful for the constructive role played by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and the African Union to secure an agreement. Together, we must help South Sudan implement the agreement, to stave off famine, to stand steadfast and united against those who block the path to peace, and to hold accountable those who have committed atrocities. At this moment of opportunity, the United States stands in solidarity with the people of South Sudan, and with all those working to build the peaceful future that they so deserve”, the statement reads.

While signing the peace agreement yesterday in Juba, Kiir was quoted saying “In our view such reservations if ignored will not be in the interest of just and lasting peace in a short term something that the IGAD mediation should be aware of and take note of South Sudan is a sovereign state therefore we must have a choice.”     


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