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‘Zambia keen on peace for South Sudan’

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba with South Sudan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin (left) in Lusaka yesterday. PICTURE: MACKSON WASAMUNU

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba has told his South Sudanese counterpart Barnaba Benjamin that Zambia supports the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) efforts to restore peace in that country.
Mr Kalaba was speaking when the South Sudan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Dr Benjamin, called on him in Lusaka yesterday.
He said Zambia wants to see stability in South Sudan because the Great Lakes Region (GLR) will only be stable if there is peace.
On August 26, 2015 IGAD signed The Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.
It also deals with reports of violations of the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements which forms part of the agreement.
Mr Kalaba said Zambia is in support of IGAD’s efforts in the peace process in South Sudan aimed at ameliorating the challenges the people are facing in that country.
“Just to reassure that Zambia will always endeavor that our region, which is the Great Lakes Region, remains secure and peaceful, it is our intention as Government to remain on this trajectory,” Mr Kalaba said. “It is difficult to talk about economic emancipation within the Great Lakes Region if there is turbulence and we know very well that the efforts that leaders have put in are supposed to be supported.”
He said while it is in the interest of the South Sudanese people that the challenges are dealt with soon, the country and the entire Great Lakes Region would benefit from a peaceful conclusion.
Earlier, Dr Benjamin told Mr Kalaba that South Sudan President Salva Kiir sent him to come and convey his country’s gratitude to President Lungu and the government of Zambia and also to make an assurance that his country is committed to the implementation of the IGAD peace process and resolutions.
“We are asking Zambia to continue supporting us in this process,” Dr Benjamin said.

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