Wednesday December 13, 2017

IGAD gave us only two choices: peace deal or UN trusteeship – Riek Gai

JUBA – South Sudan’s Health Minister, Hon Dr Riek Gai Kok has admitted that pressure is mounting on the two warring parties to sign peace or risk the country being put on the trusteeship of the UN.
Kok, addressing attendees who gathered yesterday in the home of the former Chief of Staff, James Hoth Mai said that there are no many choices left for the warring parties. He hoped that the next sitting in Addis Ababa shouldn’t be wasted for something else but peace deal.

“Last month, IGAD mediators made it absolutely clear that December is the last warning of actions they’ll have. They said they waited too long with patience while cessation of hostilities are broken one after another. They clearly stated that, we either choose peace or the country will be taken over,” Kok said.

Dr Gai also hoped that the next meeting expected to take place this month between the two principals will bring peace to South Sudan.

“We in the government believe and trust our president that he will come back with peace when he next meet with Dr Riek Machar. So we can start building trust among ourselves through reconciliation, and so that our country picks up again development-wise. It’s our believe that the other party will also heed to this call,” he added.

Kok praised the Arusha intra-SPLM dialogue as a means to resolve political differences among the SPLM party members.

THE UPPER NILE TIMES

Bith Jonathan

Bith Jonathan is an award-winning journalist and columnist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass media and journalism from the prestigious kenyan school of mass media.


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