World
Khartoum welcomes South Sudan peace deal
Publish Date: May 11, 2014
Khartoum welcomes South Sudan peace deal
south Sudan president Salva Kiir (L) and SPLM Opposition leader Riek Machar (R) hand over the Cessation of Hostilities treaty over the war in South Sudan on Friday in Addis Ababa. PHOTO/AFP
  • mail
  • img
newvision

KHARTOUM - Khartoum on Saturday welcomed a peace deal reached to end five months of war between the government and rebels in neighbouring South Sudan.

The foreign ministry affirmed Sudan's "welcome and support" for the agreement between the South's President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, the official SUNA news agency said.

The deal is important not only for Sudan but for the region, said ministry spokesman Abubakr al-Siddiq.

"Sudan is ready to offer any support that can help in the implementation of this agreement," he said, quoted by SUNA.

Through the East African regional block IGAD, Sudan has been part of efforts to find a peaceful settlement in the South.

A ceasefire was due to come into effect on Saturday after Kiir and Machar shook hands in the Ethiopian capital to reach a deal on Friday.

The South separated from Khartoum's jurisdiction three years ago under a 2005 peace deal that ended 23 years of civil war.

But the newly-independent South plunged into its own war on December 15, in what started as a personal rivalry between Kiir and his sacked vice-president Machar.

Thousands and possibly tens of thousands of people have been killed and more than 1.2 million more forced to flee their homes.

The United Nations says in excess of 67,000 South Sudanese have crossed into Sudan because of the fighting.

"People arriving in Sudan tend to come with few if any possessions, having either sold them or had them stolen during flight. Children are arriving with malnutrition rates over the emergency threshold," the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in its latest weekly bulletin issued Thursday.

Oil flowing from southern fields through Sudan for export is worth billions of dollars to both economies, but production has been cut since war began in South Sudan.

AFP


RELATED

S. Sudan frontlines 'calm' as ceasefire comes into force

Warring South Sudan rivals sign peace deal

In full: deal to resolve S. Sudan crisis

What Kiir, Machar peace deal means for Uganda

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Ousted Burkina president arrives in Morocco from Ivory Coast
Burkina Faso''s deposed president Blaise Compaore arrived in Morocco from Ivory Coast, where he has been in exile since his ouster in a popular revolt last month, the Moroccan foreign ministry announced early Friday....
Pop stars climb stairway to heaven early: Australian study
It's long been said that pop stars live fast and die young, but a new Australian study has added scholarly credibility to the adage, finding that US musicians die up to 25 years earlier than the general population....
Fear of Boko Haram wrecks tourist business in Cameroon
Tourists once flocked to the rugged far north of Cameroon for its wildlife and spectacular scenery, until cross-border raids by the Nigerian Islamist extremists of Boko Haram all but halted such visits....
Global
The number of people killed globally in terrorist attacks jumped by 61 percent in 2013, reflecting the rise of Boko Haram and Islamic State jihadists, the Institute for Economics and Peace said Tuesday....
Burkina Faso’s Michel Kafando sworn in as interim president
Burkina Faso’s Michel Kafando has been sworn in as the interim president for one year...
United Nations mourns anti-Ebola envoy Rudasingwa
The UN has conveyed condolences to the family of the late Marcel Kanyankore Rudasingwa, a Rwandan who was in October appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, as the point man in the fight against Ebola in Guinea, Rwanda's The New Times reported....
Should workers be subjected to a 4% Health Insurance Tax??
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter