The President of Ethiopia Sahle-Work Zewde, has delivered an impassioned plea asking armed groups on both government and opposition groups to silence the guns.
The new President of Ethiopia says the Juba ceremony is a truly historic event.
“This is an event to see parties in conflict agree that they will never go back again,” she noted.
She urged parties to keep the promise that they gave in Addis on September 2018.
“We celebrate an event of trust building. The fact that the current agreement was signed by all gives us hope – unless trust among parties build during the pre – transition period it will be difficult to go through to transitional period.”
Zewde appealed to armed groups to “Completely Silence the guns no matter how the intensity of the fighting is” and “allow the refugees and IDPs come back home, disband PoC sites and release all political detainees”.
Rebecca Garang fully supports peace
Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, the widow of SPLM founder John Garang says she fully supports the peace process, despite her absence at the celebrations in Juba today.
Speaking to Radio Tamazuj on Wednesday, Nyandeng said, “I don’t want our people to think that I am one of those people who do not want peace.”
“I want to tell our people, that I am with the leaders. I could not travel because of a health problem but I am with them hundred percent. If my people say they want peace, who am I to say that I don’t want peace,” she said.
Nyandeng added that the people of South Sudan and the region are tired of the conflict and urged President Salva Kiir and opposition leaders to work together to implement the peace deal.
“So this peace is important that we go in and implement it, we don’t want things that will take us back,” she appealed.
She further apologized to the people of South Sudan saying they are the cause of all the turmoil in the country.
“All of us are sorry for the problems and conflict that we have faced and we open a new phase. The people of South Sudan are good people who have no problems with any people. We are the ones bringing them the problems, we the leaders.”