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Zambia assures support for South Sudan peace efforts

CHISHALA MUSONDA, Luanda, Angola
PRESIDENT Lungu has assured his South Sudan counterpart Salva Kiir, of Zambia’s support, towards peace efforts aimed at bringing stability to that country.
And the President has expressed his regret at South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar’s failure to adhere to conditions of the peace agreement signed with President Kiir.
President Lungu and Mr Kiir yesterday held high-level bilateral talks here on the sidelines of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) extraordinary heads of states summit at Talatona Convention Centre.
President Lungu assured Mr Kiir that Zambia will stand by that country’s move to restore peace.
Special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda told journalists here that President Kiir briefed Mr Lungu on the challenges South Sudan is facing regarding the restoration of the peace process.
“President Lungu regrets that Mr Riek Machar, the former Vice-President of South Sudan, is not abiding by the agreement that he willingly subscribed to. So President Lungu has assured President Salva Kiir that Zambia will stand by the steps that South Sudan is taking to ensure that they bring about lasting peace in South Sudan,” Mr Chanda said.
He also said President Lungu would urge ICGLR leaders who attended the summit to be categorical and apportion the blame where it should be.
“They must speak out clearly on all the issues regarding the disturbance in South Sudan,” he said.
At the last African Union summit in Ethiopia, President Lungu was tasked to mediate in the conflict in South Sudan and broker a solution to the problem.
The conflict in Africa’s newest nation erupted in December 2013 after Mr Kiir accused Mr Machar of plotting a coup, and the two warring factions have in the past accused each other of defying the peace deal.

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