South Sudan

PEACE TALKS: Kiir, Machar told to End Bloodshed

ed geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>In Birmingham, site the community’s leader, Boutros Magaya says the direct negotiations have cultivated a fertile ground for “resolving all matters that could lead to ending the current senseless war of brothers killing their own brothers.”

“This development takes place following another commendable recent decision by the Government to release the Four Political detainees: Hon. Gen Pagan Amum, Hon. Gen Majak D’Agot, Hon. Gen Oyai Deng Ajak and Amb. Ezekiel Lol. We are happy that the appeals, dedication and prayers of the South Sudanese People have earned us this important milestone towards peace and reconciliation. With the detainees released, there is good ground for peace,” said Magaya.

Kiir and Machar today meet for the first time since December 2013 when a power struggle between the two politicians plunged the nation into turmoil.

It is hoped the duo will agree to cease hostilities in which thousands have been killed.

Magaya said the UK South Sudanese Community met several times over the past months in various places such as London and Birmingham with the intention of presenting a position paper to the two Leaders.


“The message was very clear each time from the title of some letters: “Personal Appeal from UK Diaspora to end the War”.

He further pointed out that there is no alternative for peace in the war-torn country.

“Fifty years of war is more than enough. Now, is the time for the leaders and peoples of South Sudan to seize on this great momentum to show the world that we are capable to govern ourselves,” said Magaya.

“This means everyone must recognize that an armed resolution to this crisis is not possible, and if pursued, such an effort will only lead to more deaths, more destruction and more suffering.’ But it doesn’t have to be that way. As President Barak Obama said once, “Now is the time for South Sudan’s leaders to show courage and leadership, to reaffirm their commitment to peace, to unity, and to a better future for their people”.

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