Kiir says opposition forces respecting permanent ceasefire
July 9th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardiit, said on Monday in an address to the nation on the occassion of the independence day that opposition forces, previously in active combat against his SPLA forces are observing the permanent ceasefire agreement signed in the Sudanese capital Khartoum last month by him and the opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon.
Kiir’s message resonate with a Nyamilepedia report which said on Saturday that the ceasefire agreement signed in Khartoum by Kiir, Machar and other oppostion representatives in Khartoum last month is observed by rival forces.
The message was read out to jounalists by the incumbent first vice president Taban Deng Gai on Monday.
“I congratulate you all, am also pleased to report that the armed groups across the country are largely observing the ceasefire and in compliance to the cessation of hostilities agreement which all parties to the conflict recommitted themselves to recently in Khartoum,” Kiir said in the Indepedence Day message.
Kiir said in the message that the security situation is improving in the country as warring partry are expected to ink the last peace deal this month.
“Fellow citizens having spoken about our effort to find a lasting solution to the conflict in our country, allow me also to report to you that the security situation is greatly improving in many places across the country,” President Kiir further said.
Kiir said the government and the opposition are working hard to bring peace to the young African country so that refugees who fled the country due to the ongoing civil war and IDPs stranded in United Nations manned camps can return home.
“We are working very hard to improve the security situation in the country so that our citizens who have taken refuge in the neighboring countries and in the diaspora could come back home,” he further said.
South Sudan on Monday marked 7 years since it obtained its independence for Sudan following a referundum guaranteed in the comprehensive peace agreement signed by the then rebel movement, the SPLM/SPLA and the Sudanese government under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).