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Kenya lauds S Sudan leaders for agreeing to end war

12 June 2014, 09:32

Nairobi - The government on Wednesday lauded the move by South Sudan leaders to end six month old conflict by signing a peace deal.

Deputy President William Ruto told a news conference in Nairobi that the move by President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar aimed at achieving peace and a better system of governance in the war torn South Sudan.

Ruto, who spoke in Nairobi after jetting back from Ethiopia where he attended the 26th IGAD extraordinary summit in Addis Ababa on the South Sudan crisis, said Kenya will continue to cooperate with all partners and stakeholders on South Sudan peace process.

He added that the warring parties had also agreed to respect the roadmap agreement for cessation of hostilities and also free and unhindered humanitarian access to the needy populations

"Both leaders have committed themselves to the formation of a transitional government of national unity within 60 days and ensure unhindered humanitarian support to affected people with immediate effect,'' Ruto said.

During the news briefing, Ruto said that the deal will provide a basis for negotiating a transitional government of national unity.

"In the next three months all parties will be brought on the table in an inclusive, multi-stakeholder phase of negotiations that will provide a platform for constructive dialogue on key issues related to political transition and peaceful resolution of the crisis," he said.

Ruto said the government has secured the release of Kenyan chartered plane and its pilot who had been detained for 11 days ago by South Sudan.

Despite the signing of the "Recommitment of Humanitarian Matters in the Cessation of Hostilities" at the beginning of May, the situation in South Sudan remains precarious as refugees from South Sudan continue to cross the border into neighboring countries. Since mid-December, more than 350,000 South Sudanese have arrived in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan.

 - Xinhua

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