NAIROBI, Monday â€” The Kenyan architects of Sudanâ€™s landmark north-south peace deal on Monday urged the Sudanese people not to let the death of ex-rebel leader John Garang jeopardise the agreement.
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, his predecessor, Daniel arap Moi and the chief mediator in the peace process, retired Kenyan general Lazaro Sumbeiywo, called for calm and restraint in the aftermath of Garangâ€™s death in a helicopter crash Saturday.
Even as riots erupted in Khartoum following confirmation of the recently-appointed Sudanese vice-presidentâ€™s death, the trio said all Sudanese should emulate the late Garangâ€™s ideals and courage by fully implementing the deal.
â€œI do appreciate that the new-found peace in Sudan was inextricably interwoven with the very person of Dr Garang,â€ Kibaki said in a statement released by the presidential press service.
â€œI, however, express the hope that every effort will be taken to ensure that the physical absence of Dr Garang will not jeopardise the gains made towards durable peace,â€ he said.
â€œIndeed, the consolidation of the peace is the greatest honour the people of Sudan can bestow on the departed soul,â€ said Kibaki, whose government earned high praise for finalising the peace deal signed on January 9 in Nairobi.
Kenya urges Sudan to maintain peace deal