South Sudan President Kiir ready to accept peace deal

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South Sudan's President Salva Kiir addresses the nation during an independence day event at the Presidential palace in Juba, South Sudan, July 9, 2017. REUTERS/Jok Solomun
South Sudan’s then vice president Riek Machar (left) and President Salva Kiir pay their respects at John Garang’s Mausoleum in Juba on the second anniversary of South Sudan becoming an independent state on July 9, 2013. Andrea Campeanu / Reuters

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir now says he is ready to set up an inclusive government that accommodates all warring factions if that is what it takes to reach a peace deal that could end the civil war ravaging his country.

The deal being negotiated in Sudan is expected to give the country five vice presidents and also covers security and power sharing.

“The people of South Sudan are looking for peace and if that arrangement can bring about peace to the people of South Sudan, I am ready to take it,” said Kiir late on Wednesday at a swearing-in ceremony for his foreign minister.

“People talk about exclusivity, nobody is to be left out of the government. I accept it,” he said.

South Sudan erupted in conflict in 2013 because of a dispute between Kiir and his former vice president Riek Machar. Tens of thousands have since been killed, a quarter of the population has fled their homes and the oil-dependent economy has been wrecked.

A 2015 peace deal briefly halted the fighting but it fell apart after Machar returned to the capital the following year.

The conflict has mostly been fought along ethnic lines, pitting Kiir’s dominant Dinka tribe and its rival, the ethnic Nuer of Machar.

This week Kiir named Nhial Deng Nhial, ex presidential advisor and also his chief negotiator in the Khartoum talks as his new foreign minister, replacing Deng Alor.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir said he is ready to accept a peace deal to end a civil war and set up an inclusive new government.

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