S. Sudan’s Kiir signs final peace accord

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S. Sudan’s Kiir signs final peace accord

Posted 2015-08-27 08:55:15

The South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir has finally signed the long-awaited internationally backed and regional brokered peace deal, raising hopes of possible end to the 20-month old conflict in the world’s youngest nation. Kiir inked the deal at 4.54 pm (local time) at an event attended by his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn and Sudan’s vice president, Bakari Hassan. He said he accepted to sign the deal because they were faced with the option of either rejecting peace or accepting war to continue against the will of the South Sudanese. The South Sudanese leader, however accused forces loyal to former vice-president and armed opposition leader, Riek Machar of allegedly attacking government forces just hours prior to Wednesday’s signing of the agreement before regional leaders. “As we have gathered here, the spoilers of peace have just launched an attack on the position of our forces in B ...