ACDP Member of Parliament Cheryllyn Dudley today said that, “The ACDP congratulates South Sudan on the new Peace Agreement signed by Rebels and the President and calls on the South Sudanese people to embrace reconciliation and forgiveness in order to attain the peace and prosperity that should be theirs”.
This comes after two days of talks between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, a former vice president. The country's civil war began in 2013, less than two years after it gained independence from Sudan.
Dudley said, “This is a time of hope and a time to remember the tens of thousands who have been killed in this civil war. We are praying for the people of South Sudan and for lasting peace and reconciliation”.
The war has uprooted a quarter of South Sudan’s population of 12 million, ruined the country's agriculture and damaged its economy.
The parties will continue talks in Khartoum to discuss the arrangements for implementing a ceasefire. After a final settlement is agreed access to humanitarian aid should follow along with the freeing of prisoners and a transitional unity government.
“Apart from bringing an end to the war in South Sudan the signing of this agreement in Khartoum seems to indicate a willingness on the part of South Sudan and Sudan to build trust”, Dudley added.
The agreement signed with other opposition leaders provides for the new unity government to rule for three years, followed by a general election.
Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir, who hosted this week's talks, said the agreement was a “gift to the people of South Sudan.” The economy of Sudan took a serious knock with secession because the south has most of the region's oil supplies.
The two countries have agreed on a plan to double oil production from the south and repair oil infrastructure facilities destroyed by the war. The establishment of a joint force is envisioned to protect the oilfields from attacks by rebel forces on either side of the conflict.
ISSUED BY: CHERYLLYN DUDLEY MP
29 June 2018