Statement By South Sudan’s Dr. Machar After Holding Talks With Kenyan’s President Uhuru Kenyatta At State House, Nairobi, Kenya
Dr. Riek Machar Teny’s SPeech,
May 30, 2014
June 1, 2014(State House, Nairobi) — I am happy to be back in Kenya after a long absence. Kenya is my second home. And when Your Excellency asked me to come and have discussions on issues about my country, South Sudan, I did not hesitate.
I welcomed it because I know of your dedication to bring back peace to South Sudan.
I know that you were in Juba on 26th December 2013. It was Christmas time but because of your dedication, you went to Juba. I had no opportunity to meet with you because I was on the run. I had no intention of telling you where I could be found at this particular time.
However, I am happy that you and your colleagues in IGAD decided to see that peace returns to South Sudan and initiated the peace talks. I have come to push forward this process. And I want to assure you that we are serious about bringing peace to South Sudan.
I want to reiterate our commitment to the latest document we signed, which was a roadmap negotiated in Addis. We signed it not under duress — we felt that it was a compromise document. It did not meet all our requirements, but in peace you make compromises. So we did make compromises and we will continue — for the sake of peace — making compromises so that peace can return to South Sudan.
Since I came here with my colleagues, we have been engaged in discussions with your officials and your Excellency. We are satisfied. We will be going back to resume the talks.
And I want to assure you that we are serious in ending this senseless killing in South Sudan. I want to assure you that we support the cessation of hostilities, that we will respect the roadmap and that we will move forward together.