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International envoys sign the compromise agreement

Author : | Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2015

International envoys have signed the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The envoys who signed the agreement as witnesses were: the U.S Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Ambassador Donald Booth, the UK Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan, Matthew Connell.

It was also signed by the Norwegian Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Ambassador Jens-Peter Kjemprud, the United Nations Special Representative to the African Union, Haile Menkerios.

The Representatives of the European Union, Ambassador Alexander Rondos signed the agreement earlier in the morning. Chinese envoy signed it on Monday.

Speaking to the media after the signing ceremony, the U.S Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Ambassador Donald Booth, urged the government of South Sudan to sign the agreement within two weeks.

“We were very disappointed that the government was unable to sign, and we fully expect and urge them to sing onto this agreement within the period of two weeks they have requested for consultations,” Amb Booth said.

The main rivals of the government – the Former Political Detainees and the SPLM in Opposition – signed the agreement in Addis Ababa on Monday.

“Well it is clear that there are different opinion in South Sudan and we expect that at the end of the day President Salva Kiir and his government at large will make a decision that the South Sudanese people are looking for and that is to sign this peace agreement and to form the transitional government, implement this agreement and to bring South Sudan to the point where it can begin to rebuild itself,” he added.

The envoys emphasized the urgency of achieving peace in South Sudan, and expressed their readiness to assist the parties in implementing the Agreement.

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