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Kiir of war-torn S. Sudan tells Ethiopians, Sudanese to settle border dispute

Jan 08, 2021
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South Sudan president, Salva Kiir Mayardit [Photo via Getty Images]

South Sudan president, Salva Kiir Mayardit [Photo via Getty Images]

JUBA – South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, who is struggling to implement a 2018 peace agreement in his country is urging Ethiopians and Sudanese to settle a border dispute that has sparked instability in eastern Sudan through peaceful means.

On Thursday, the South Sudanese head of state received a Sudanese delegation led by member of the Transitional Sovereign Council led by Shams el Din Kabbashi and the Sudanese acting minister of foreign affairs, Omer Gamar Eldin.

“President Salva Kiir Mayardit urged Sudan Sovereign Council to resolve their issues with Ethiopia peacefully through diplomacy and dialogue,” the presidency said in a statement following the meeting between Kiir and the visiting Sudanese delegation.

“[President Salva Kiir] doesn’t want any more war in the region and urged the two countries to resolve their issues in a peaceful manner,” the statement seen by Sudans Post further stressed.

Last November, Sudan deployed its troops along the border with Ethiopia and expelled farmers and Amhara militiamen residing within its international border.

The move resulted in limited border clashes and troops build-up. Also, a joint political committee failed to reach a roadmap on how to resolve the conflict creating pre-war conditions despite statements from the two sides on the keenness to reach a negotiated settlement.

Eritrean and Egyptian officials were recently in Khartoum to discuss the matter with the Sudanese government officials.

Speaking to reporters following the meeting South Sudanese Beatrice Khamisa Wani said the visiting delegation briefed President Kiir on the implementation of the Juba Peace Agreement and the ongoing process to form a new transitional cabinet with the participation of the armed groups.

Speaking to reporters after their return to Khartoum, Gamar Eldin stated they discussed the developing situation on the border with Ethiopia. He added further that Kiir briefed them about the implementation of the peace process in South Sudan.

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