South Sudan’s leaders ‘directly responsible’ for conflict

south sudan violenceFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) -A senior United Nations peacekeeping on Friday called on the leaders of South Sudan to show genuine political will to achieve sustainable peace in the strife-riven country, stressing that those whose long-time rivalry sparked the ongoing conflict can be the ones to resolve it.
“The conflict in South Sudan is a man-made conflict for which the leaders of South Sudan bear a direct responsibility,” Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping El-Ghassim Wane told the Security Council.
“But the same leaders can also bring the country back from the impending abyss.”
He noted that the dire economic situation and continued conflict in the country have combined to create a dangerous and precarious situation for its citizens, and all that is needed is genuine political will to halt military operations, peacefully negotiate and make the necessary compromises.
“I would also urge the Security Council to pronounce itself in this regard. It is critical that the leaders of South Sudan hear the international community’s unified demand of what is expected of them,” he stated.
On Saturday marks the second anniversary of the signing of the South Sudan Peace Agreement between warring parties – the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) loyal to President Salva Kiir and the SPLA in Opposition backing then First Vice-President Riek Machar.
South Sudan is entangled in bloody clashes since 2013, two years after independence from Sudan.
A fallout between President Salava Kiir and his then-deputy, Riek Machar, thrust the country into conflict. A total of 2 million civilians have fled.
CAJ News

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