South Sudan

Kiir to Declare Ceasefire, Pardon Machar Rebels

South Sudan President, Salvar Kiir

South Sudan President, more about Salva Kiir has said he is going to declare a unilateral ceasefire and also pardon the fighters of rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar.

Kiir who is leading a nation engulfed in a bloody civil war since late 2013 and now resulted to the worst humanitarian crisis, visit made the assurance to the African Union Commission Chairperson, H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat.

According to a statement released by the continental body, Moussa who was in capital Juba over the weekend had discussed a number of issues with Kiir mainly the ongoing fighting in many parts of the country and its consequences during the margins of IGAD Summit in Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

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“On the margins of the IGAD Summit, the AUC Chairperson and his delegation were received by H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan. They discussed the challenges in South Sudan related to the security, the violence situation, the initiative of the President to call for a National Dialogue and the disastrous humanitarian crisis compounded by famine,” part of the statement said.

H.E Moussa was accompanied by his Commissioners for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui and for Political Affairs Ambassador Minata Samate Cessouma.

“President Kiir 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,” another part of the statement said.

According to the same statement, Kiir also reiterated accepting the deployment of regional forces.

“He also reaffirmed his acceptance of the deployment of the Regional Protection Force.”

The IGAD meeting in Rwandan capital Kigali last year resolved for the deployment of 400 troops in Juba from Kenya, Ethiopia and Rwanda. The regional troop is to boost the UN protection force already in the restive nation.


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