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Uhuru urges resolution to South Sudan conflict

26 February 2014, 17:56 Victor Tinto

Juba - President Uhuru Kenyatta held talks with South Sudan president Salva Kiir, urging a quick resolution to the country's ongoing conflict.

Uhuru was speaking during a meeting in Juba at president Kiir's office where he had paid him a courtesy call while on his day long visit to the conflict hit country.

He once again reiterated Kenya's stance in the conflict, saying that the country is fully behind an end to hostilities and that any support will be offered to the country.

On the cessation of hostilities, president Kenyatta insisted that there is need to ensure that the hostilities end as soon as is possible.

" We stand in solidarity with the people of South Sudan and we urge all leaders to ensure that what needs to be done is done      for the sake of peace  and stability not  just in South Sudan but indeed, the entire region. We have had fruitful discussions with his excellency President Kiir and I strongly believe we have assured him of our support in this particular process.

President Kenyatta insisted that the position that set by IGAD is followed and implemented.

" We want to see a cessation of hostilities. We want to have the ability in the shortest time possible to also put in place a monitoring mechanism.

 He added that efforts are geared towards ensuring a speedy resolution of the conflict and the restoration of peace for the people of South Sudan and stability of the whole region to enable focus and attention be on driving the social and economic agenda of the region.

The conflict in South Sudan has so far accounted for the lives of over 4000 people and displaced close to 200,000 and president Kiir said his government was working to ensure peace and stability reigns.

" I thank president Kenyatta for visiting and offering his support. I promise that we as a nation are fighting as hard as we can to ensure normalcy reigns, he said.

President Kenyatta is expected back in the country this evening.

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