Kiir says he and Machar were forced to sign peace deal in 2015
August 3rd 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardiit, said on Friday that his government and the SPLM-IO were forced to sign peace agreement in 2015 and that he and Machar had no choice rather than to sign it with reservations compared to the one due to be signed in Khartoum on Sunday which he said he accepted in letter and spirit.
Kiir was speaking during a press conference he held with the Sudanese journalists in the capital Juba during a visit by the Sudanese foreign Minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed who went to the South Sudanese capital to convince Kiir to compromise on some issues.
President Kiir said he is ready to implement the agreement which will be signed on Sunday in the Sudanese capital Khartoum by him and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon.
“I and my government are ready to implement this agreement in letter and spirit because I accepted it with all its contents,” Kiir said.
He said the peace agreement which he will sign in Khartoum on Sunday is much better compared to the one that he signed in August 2015 saying the later was imposed against his own will and had nothing to do rather than signing it with reservations.
“This peace agreement is what the people in this country deserves. But what happened in 2015 was a forced one that neither the government, nor the SPLM-IO accepted compared to they one that we will sign on Sunday,” Kiir further said.