Sudan urges int'l community to support South Sudan peace process

Source: Xinhua| 2018-08-14 04:50:35|Editor: yan
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KHARTOUM, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Sudan Monday called on the international community to support the peace process in South Sudan.

The appeal was made by Sudanese Foreign Minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed during his meeing with ambassadors of the United States, Britain, Norway and the EU in Khartoum, according to a ministry statement.

Ahmed urged the United States, Britain, Norway to provide direct support for the South Sudan peace agreement signed in Khartoum on Aug. 5, as their support "represent one of the guarantees for sustaining the peace in South Sudan."

He also proposed a joint meeting for foreign ministers of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, an East African trade block that brokered the South Sudan peace deal, and the three countries as soon as possible.

On Aug. 5, South Sudan's conflicting parties signed a final deal in Sudan's capital Khartoum on power-sharing and security arrangements.

The deal was signed by South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, major opposition leader Riek Machar and representatives of other South Sudanese opposition factions.

It stipulates that Kiir will continue to serve as President of Sudan during the transitional period, while Machar will be the first Vice President among the four vice presidents from different political parties.

Under the agreement, the transitional cabinet would be composed of 35 ministers, including 20 ministers from the government, and nine from Machar-led Sudan People's Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO).

The deal further stipulated a transitional national legislative body composed of 550 members, with 332 from the government, and 128 from the SPLM-IO.

South Sudan has been witnessing a civil war since December 2013, which has left about 10,000 dead and millions of others displaced.