NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 15 – South Africa will send officials of the African National Congress (ANC) to South Sudan to help resolve the conflict in the country.
South African special envoy to South Sudan, Cyril Ramaphosa, said ANC will assist SPLM to resolve internal party problems.
ANC’s main task will be to assist the warring factions reform the SPLM.
Speaking when he held talks with Deputy President William Ruto on the peace process in South Sudan, Ramaphosa said discussions at party level were progressing well and that he had met all sides to the conflict.
“We are committed to the reconciliation in South Sudan. We are talking to all sides and we will be giving all the assistance required including deploying officials to work with the party (SPLM),” he said.
The envoy urged the warring parties to embrace dialogue, as war was not an option.
Ramaphosa noted that the suffering of the people of South Sudan needed urgent resolution adding that it was imperative to bring the former Vice President Riek Machar and the released political detainees to meet President Salva Kiir so as to quickly bring peace and stability in the country.
Ramaphosa was accompanied by the Minister Performance Monitoring and Evaluation in the Office of the President Collins Chabane among others.
He said Kenya’s role in the peace process was critical considering it has been hosting refugees from the country for a long time and her involvement in brokering peace that culminated in the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Nairobi.
Ruto said Kenya is committed to the peace in South Sudan under the IGAD peace process noting that as a country Kenya would not like to see an increase in refugees from other countries in the region as it already hosts millions in refugee camps.
Saying that the IGAD peace needed a catalyst from the African continent Ruto welcomed the involvement of the South Africa in peace process.
He lauded inter-party talks between the SPLM factions saying if encouraged the discussions could provide the platform for peace.
Ruto called for a speedy resolution to the South Sudan conflict saying the more it takes to resolve the more the positions are entrenched and the wider the gaps between the warring factions grows.
“We need every input by the leadership in the continent to have the peace process to succeed.”