South Sudan : Salva Kiir speaks warm about Khartoum and the deal signed under Bashir’s good offices

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (right) welcomes his Sudanase counterpart Omar Hassan al-Bashir outside his Presidential office in Juba. Photo : Twitter

Casablanca (ADV) – South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Wednesday said the peace agreement signed with rebels marks the end of over four years of conflict as it brings members of the various warring factions into one national army during the start of the transitional period.

“My take is that the best agreement is the one on the security arrangement not only because it was straight forward but it provided that the transitional period will start with a neutral force,” Kiir told leaders from the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Juba.

He said the army will recruit from the 64 ethnic groups in South Sudan that will give the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) the desired national outlook and character.

President Kiir signed the peace agreement on August 5 in Khartoum with Riek Machar, leader of the main rebel group and other opposition groups which was mediated by the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir under the auspices of the East African bloc IGAD.

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