NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 1 – Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary her Ethiopian counterpart and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa – who is also President Jacob Zuma’s special envoy to Southern Sudan – were due to travel to Juba on Monday for peace talks.
During the 52nd Madaraka Day fete, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that the three would travel to Juba after the celebrations to fastrack the peace process in the war torn country.
“Today after these celebrations, our friends who have been living with us, will take one flight and go to Juba and we wish them all the best so that they can broker peace,” he said.
He urged other players to ensure peace is restored in the country that has been facing perennial political fights.
He especially appealed to Southern Sudan leaders to dialogue together to resolve issues that trigger violence in the country.
Without peace, President Kenyatta said, Southern Sudan like other countries cannot succeed in its development agenda for its people.
He pledged that Kenya and the entire of the African region will walk with Southern Sudan until peace is restored.
“Peace is what your people fought for their freedom for. They did not fight to shed blood they fought to have peace and to have prosperity, and it is your responsibility as leaders to provide it, and as you move forward, you can count on Kenya, our region and our continent’s support, don’t let us down,” he urged.
Last Wednesday President Kenyatta held a discussion with South Sudan Vice-President Riek Machar.
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Discussion on securing lasting peace in Southern Sudan dominated the meeting held at State House Nairobi.