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Subject: [changemombasa2012] S. Sudan’s president accepts cessation of hostilities agreement
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S. Sudan’s president accepts cessation of hostilities agreement
- South Sudan president Salva Kiir sits in his office in Juba December 16, 2013 (Reuters/Hakim George)
Sudan, Eritrea announce political support for Juba
- Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir (L) meeting with Eritrean president Isaias Afewerki in Asmara January 16, 2013 (Ashorooq TV)
Sudan’s foreign minister Ali Karti, told reporters on Saturday that the two presidents discussed the ongoing conflict in South Sudan given that Eritrea at one point hosted the ex-rebel movement which later took responsibility for the newborn state.
He stressed that discussions on South Sudan’s crisis were serious and sincere, pointing out that they aimed at helping the rivals reach common grounds.
Karti further said that stability in South Sudan entails stability in trade, security and economic situation with Sudan.
Clashes erupted in Juba mid-December following a dispute among the presidential guard, rapidly spreading to the country’s states of Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity. Over 1,000 people, according to the United Nations, have died and nearly 200,000 displaced since fighting started in mid-December.
But while South Sudan President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar over the incident as part of a coup attempt, the latter denies, alleging it was a move by his former boss to silence critics with the SPLM.