GUTERRES WELCOMES SIGNING OF SOUTH SUDAN PEACE AGREEMENT

UNITED NATIONS, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has welcomed the signing of the Agreement of Outstanding Issues on Governance and Responsibility Sharing by the rival South Sudanese parties which took place in Khartoum, Sudan, on Monday.

Gutteres says the latest development is an important step in settling the conflict in South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation which has been gripped by civil war since the end of 2013, just two and a half years after gaining independence from Sudan in July 2011.

In the statement, the Secretary-General commended the leadership of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)�led, High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) and the efforts of Sudan to broker an inclusive political settlement of the conflict in South Sudan.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his former vice-president turned rebel leader, Riek Machar, signed a ceasefire and power-sharing agreement in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Sunday.

Tens of thousands have lost their lives since the conflict began in 2013, while a third of the population has fled their homes.

The Secretary-General re-affirmed the continued commitment of the United Nations to support, in close co-ordination with IGAD and the African Union, the achievement of a fair, inclusive and sustainable peace agreement for the people of South Sudan.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK