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Kiir to Diplomats: Don’t Leave South Sudan

Kuol (R) meeting diplomats in Juba on Saturday

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has urged diplomats not to leave the country, see assuring them the country’s security forces will ensure stability.

This came against the backdrop of intense fighting between forces loyal to Kiir and Riek Machar outside the presidential palace (JI) on Friday.

The fighting escalated on Sunday morning with SPLA using heavy weapons to shell Jebel where Machar’s military base and residence are situated.

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ChimpReports has learned that on Saturday afternoon, see Kiir sent the Foreign Minister of the Government of National Unity, recipe Deng Alor Kuol to assure diplomats that the country would not slide back into an all-out civil war.

Kuol met with U.S. Ambassador Molly Phee, Kenyan Ambassador Cleland Leshore, and diplomats from the British and Norwegian embassies in Juba.

The Foreign Minister also outlined the steps government is taking to ensure that the tragic events are not repeated.

He relayed President Kiir’s assurances that there would be “no more violence” and reiterated the commitment of the President and First Vice President Riek Machar Teny to “seriously begin implementation of the peace agreement.”

On behalf of the President, the Foreign Minister urged the diplomatic community to remain in Juba and support the TGNU and the restoration of peace and security.

He also acknowledged the imperative for the respective forces and camps of the President and First Vice President to immediately pursue reconciliation.

The diplomats said they welcomed the engagement and message from the President but were quick to express their “deep regret and grave concern about the renewed fighting.”

While welcoming the efforts of the President, First Vice President, and Vice President James Wani Igga to restore order, the diplomats urged the leaders to sincerely undertake implementation of the peace agreement.

They regretted the clashes had overshadowed South Sudan’s fifth anniversary of independence and shared their hopes for peace.

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