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UN official calls for holistic peace in S. Sudan not bilateral deal between two leaders


June 28, 2018 (WASHINGTON) - Bintou Keita, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, praised the IGAD efforts achieve peace in South Sudan but stressed on the need for a comprehensive peace in South Sudan not a bilateral deal between two leaders.

Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations, addresses the Security Council (UN Photo)

The Guinean diplomat made her remarks in a regular briefing to the UN Security Council on the situation in South Sudan on Thursday, a day after the signing of the Khartoum Declaration of Agreement, and two meetings organised by the IGAD leaders between President Salva Kiir and the leader of the rebel SLPM-IO Riek Machar.

“While the outcome of regional and international efforts to deliver a political settlement is yet unclear, I must reiterate that peace will only be sustained if the revitalized agreement is inclusive, fair, addresses the root causes of the conflict and engages all stakeholders, including women and youth,” Keita said.

However, she stressed that the 15-member body must give its constant support and engagement to ensure that all stakeholders understood that the international community would support a peaceful South Sudan, and that there would be consequences for those who kept fuelling the conflict.

Further, the UN official underlined that "while the declaration broadly deals with all the contentious issues, further discussions are needed to iron out details to ensure that this time the parties implement the agreement under an effective implementation mechanism".

Khartoum framework agreement provides the commitment of the warring parties to enforce a permanent ceasefire effective on Saturday and to finalize four outstanding issues in the security arrangements within 72 hours as of Wednesday. They also commits themselves to settle the other outstanding issues in the governance chapter of a peace agreement signed in 2015.

The declaration which was signed by all the leaders of different South Sudanese political groups was the result of two face-to-face meetings between Kiir and Machar brokered by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Omer al-Bashir of Sudan who was keen to associate his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni in this effort.

The IGAD mediators thought that the face-to-face meetings were crucial for the success of a process marred by old political disputes between the two leaders and tribal rivalries in the young nation.

The Council members expressed a cautious optimism for the recent progress achieved in Khartoum. Also, the representative of the United States, the penholder of South Sudan reports, and the other permanent members didn’t make any comment. Only envoys of non-permanent members and the South Sudan took the floor after the briefing.

The Ethiopian Ambassador Tekeda Alemu praised efforts accomplished by the IGAD to settle the South Sudanese conflict and said there were some issues that were "left for the principals (Kiir and Machar) to meet face to face and iron out their difference".

He further welcomed the outcome of "the second face-to-face meeting" of President Kiir and Machar in on the basis of the decision adopted by the IGAD Summit".

"We hope this will facilitate the resolution of some of the outstanding issues and pave the way for the finalization of the IGAD bridging proposal".

Other envoys from, Equatorial Guinea, Bolivia, Peru, Kazakhstan and Cote d’Ivore commended the IGAD-led efforts and the recent progress for peace in South Sudan and called for a comprehensive implementation for the peace agreement.

For his part, the South Sudanese Ambassador Akuei Bona Malwal pointed to Khartoum agreement saying he was happy to report today that "the light at the end of the tunnel was brighter".

AKUEI BONA MALWAL (South Sudan) said that his country’s Government would cooperate with UNMISS to ensure that those responsible for killing the Mission’s peacekeeper were identified and brought to book. Noting that the Government considered “unwise and premature” last month’s Security Council resolution on South Sudan, he said he was happy to report today that the light at the end of the tunnel was brighter.

“While the document signed is a framework for peace, we are optimistic that a final peace agreement will be concluded in the very near future,” he said, adding that the President of South Sudan would shortly decree a ceasefire.

He called for full support to the IGAD peace process, stressing that "the Security Council must be seen to be throwing its full support to the peace process, rather than merely eager to dole out blame and punishment whenever there was a setback".


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  • 29 June 2018 08:26, by William

    I think the Agreement didn’t clear to Trokia whether they have their interest in that agreement or not. If not, then there’s no peace.

  • 29 June 2018 08:27, by William

    I think the Agreement didn’t clear to Trokia whether they have their interest in that agreement or not. If not, then there’s no peace.

    • 29 June 2018 09:11, by Kuch

      Mr. William,
      The whole show was just a show. The troika countries have an alliance with North Sudan, israel/evil juus, gulf Arab states of Saudi, Abesh (so-called ethiopia), Kenya, Chad, the UK, France, our so-called SPLA-IO, Boko Haram, Al Qada, Jesh Al Islam, ISIS/L, Muslim brotherhood, Al Shabab and bunch of other evil organizations>>>

      • 29 June 2018 09:20, by Kuch

        But the fools like Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Pagan Amuom, Rebecca Nyandeng, Majak Agoot, Deng Alor, Adwok Nyabe and other bunch of losers, traitors and foreign puppets have signed up our country and our people in alliance with these evil allies. Do you know, Mr. William the reason as to why our ’national dialogue’ here in South Sudan is not listened to?>>>

        • 29 June 2018 09:54, by Marco A. Wek

          Kuch, while I may empathy for you in regard of the motives of Trokia, I your writings is always full of rubbish. Are you mentally sound? Yes African problems should have an African say when our intention is for the good of Africa and Africans. Those outsiders with their own interests should be shunted

          • 30 June 2018 20:22, by Kuch

            Marco A. Wek,
            Please tell me what is rubbish about l posted above. Kenyans have their own internal problems, ethiopia has & North Sudan has a lot of her own problems than what we have here in South Sudan. I am not saying that Africans cannot resolve their African problems. But what I am trying to say is some African countries have made our country small issues as money minting machines>>>

            • 30 June 2018 20:29, by Kuch

              ethiopia, North Sudan & Kenya quickly set aside their own countries’ problems since their own internal issues don’t make them money. But South Sudanese problems always pay good money for countries. Why is South Sudanese call for our NATIONAL DIALOGUE here in South Sudan & in front of South Sudanese refused? The reason is becasue our ’national dialogue’ here in South Sudan & in front>>>>

              • 30 June 2018 20:34, by Kuch

                of South Sudanese people will remove the leverage the troika countries have over our country & our people. And their UN government experiment they are covertly after in our country will not be an alternative again since a real & genuine peace will come to our country with our national dialogue here in our country. And the IGAD countries who invested to gain in our country’s problems will lose out>

                • 30 June 2018 20:41, by Kuch

                  since our country will be at peace very quickly. Marco A. Wek, fellows, careful chap. Every piece of trash who doesn’t know anything about what is exactly going on behind the scene will always to try to tell me how l write rubbish. If my posts are rubbish to you, then don’t response to my to them. It is not a must to response to any post you don’t like on this forum>>>

                  • 30 June 2018 20:47, by Kuch

                    Marco. Wek,
                    "Those outsiders with their own interests should be shunted"
                    How are we going to shunt them when they have deeply wedged their feet into our country through their puppets like Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom, Thomas Cirillo, Rebecca Nyandeng, Majak Agoot, Adwok Nyabe and others? The only way to shunt them out and to bring the real & genuine peace back to our country is>>.

                    • 30 June 2018 20:55, by Kuch

                      through our NATIONAL DIALOGUE. But the troika countries don’t want our national dialogue to happen since our national dialogue will come and remove them & interests in our country & over our people. The troika countries leverage over our country & our people are Riek Machar group, Thomas Cirillo, Lam Akol & Rebecca Nyandeng and the so-called former detainees (FDs) of Pagan Amuom>>>>

                      • 30 June 2018 21:03, by Kuch

                        And the group l have just mentioned above want the UN government experiment in our country (Trusteeship of our country by the UN, the AU & the IGAD). So. Mr. Marco Wek, where are rubbish that l wrote here. As for the alliance of the US, the UK, North Sudan, israel and gulf Arab states with terrorist groups like Al Qada, ISIS/L, Boko Haram, Muslim brotherhood or Jesh al Islam, it’s not a secrete>>>

        • 29 June 2018 09:59, by Marco A. Wek

          UN,? What have they done for Yemenis, Libyans, Palestinians and Syria?

      • 29 June 2018 20:55, by William

        I know these organizations you mentioned above are against our nation estability. But South Sudanese are foolish to follow traitors who wage war against nation for their interest. There is no need to kill of people thousands for Machar .

  • 29 June 2018 11:12, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The peace agreement that recognises that the country consists of three regions namely Upper Nile, Bahr El Ghazal and Equatoria are equal in terms of social, economic and political terms and most importantly the constitution and sovereignty of the country are not for games so that Jallaba fingers are off our oil and land is workable.

    • 29 June 2018 11:37, by deng

      I am confused about the three Capitals of government how do they operate, is it rotation or appoint vices president to rule the regions?

      • 29 June 2018 17:48, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


        I personally do not know about this case but I would assume the three mentioned capitals could be federal or confederal state capitals. All in all we need peace and cohesion in order to get rid of problems the country is facing from its neighbours and from within.

  • 29 June 2018 11:21, by Lenin Bull

    UN is not happy that South Sudanese national leaders are beginning to resolve their problems on their own. They want nosy selfish interests put into our agreements like more UN troops, more UN staff with high paid jobs in hard cash and they will keep undermining the same peace and the same country so that no stability returns. UN is neo-colonizing Africa indirectly.

  • 29 June 2018 11:52, by aborigin

    There is no peace unless Junubin had to counter this plan to ashame Bashir and Museveni. We need genuine peace and anything that comes out from this duo is venomous. South Sudanese have fully realized this two who are meddling in our affairs.

  • 29 June 2018 12:03, by marial-akol

    not even indirectly but directly colonizing Africa. they looted DRC, crept to Libya and now in S. Sudan. one of the IDPs from Raja told me in Wau that every thing has been taken away by kawajat even big snakes and frogs. she told me that she was travelling in a UN helicopter and landed somewhere in the southwest of Wau where they took a lots of thing even others were wrapped with clothes.

  • 29 June 2018 12:28, by DKOne

    The UN, US and the Troika must understand that conflict in South Sudan is bigger than the conflicts in other countries. Our problem isn’t worse than in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria not to mention Yemen where hundreds of innocent women, children, and elderly people are being killed every day.

  • 29 June 2018 12:37, by DKOne

    The crisis in South Sudan cannot be compared with the crisis in the countries that I have mentioned. We the people of South Sudan are the only ones that can hinder our country from plunging into that level. We must stop letting others play us against one another.

  • 29 June 2018 17:17, by lino

    The government of Konyo Konyo in Juba was very careful at this time to sign anything so there Peace Spoilers within can avoid UNSC sanctions!!!
    That is all about it... The people of SS will dig their trenches for the coming fighting after the Agreement signed if not Regional Protect/ UN Forces to handle overalls security sector for 3 years!!!

  • 29 June 2018 19:55, by @you

    At the end south sudan will start from zero,
    And we all know that museveni was the one,
    Running After Dr machar for many years to kill him.
    My message to Mkusum of Uganda we laugh at you
    When we saw you again with Dr machar in Khartoum.
    We know who is your best friend in s sudan.
    When you injected your friend with a evil medicine,
    He disagreed with Dr machar and after you failed.

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