Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

South Sudan's Salva Kiir: New peace deal will not collapse

South Sudan's Salva Kiir: New peace deal will not collapse

The deal also includes the governance of South Sudan and security arrangements that will make the cease-fire permanent, Aldirdiri Mohamed Ahmed told reporters.

The deal was signed by President Salva Kiir, SPLM-O Riek Machar, SSOA chairman Gabriel Changson Chang, anOPP leader Peter Mayen Majongdit.

He disclosed that both sides signed the 2015 peace agreement amid multiple reservations besides intimidation from the worldwide community but expressed hope of successful peace this time with mediation efforts by Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir backed by leaders under the East African bloc IGAD.

On Friday, Kiir said he believed the new peace deal between his government and the main rebel group would not collapse because it was not forced upon them like previous accords.

On June 27, the South Sudanese conflicting parties signed a comprehensive cease-fire deal in Khartoum. "I gave my reservations". "Whoever signs this agreement will be committed to it", Kiir said, adding that this will mark a departure from past agreements that have collapsed.

There have been series of talks between these rival factions hosted by Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda.

The power-sharing deal stipulates that there will be 35 ministers in the bloated transitional government, including 20 Kiir allies and nine backers of Machar along with representatives of other rebel factions.

"My government and I know the conflict in South Sudan has resulted in a financial and political burden", Kiir said.

With the country's agricultural sector severely disrupted, seven million South Sudanese - more than half of the population - will need food aid in 2018, the United Nations says.

The new country plunged into civil war, including fighting within the national army, fuelled by the deep enmity between Kiir and Machar.

Concerning the boundaries and the number of states of South Sudan, it is agreed that an Independent Boundaries Commission will be established to address the issue.

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