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Conflict in South Sudan has ended: Ramaphosa

Saturday 9 January 2016 09:57

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During the visit to Juba, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa  paid a visit to South Sudan President Salva Kiir.

During the visit to Juba, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa paid a visit to South Sudan President Salva Kiir. (REUTERS)

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the conflict within the ranks of the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) has now come to an end.

This followed consultations between Ramaphosa, President Salva Kiir and leaders of the SPLM leaders , Taban Deng and Deng Alor held on Thursday  in Juba.

The deputy president was in South Sudan representing President Jacob Zuma to the Extra-Ordinary National Convention of the SPLM held from Thursday to Friday.

In his consultation with the leaders of the opposition, who had taken a decision not that attend the Convention, Ramaphosa persuaded them to attend the Extra-Ordinary Convention as part of confidence building measures aimed at the reunification of the SPLM.

The two leaders attended the Extra-Ordinary Convention; a decision that went well to foster unity and reunification of the SPLM.

“ We can truly say that indeed the conflict that engulfed the SPLM has today come to an end and the guns of war have now been silenced," he said addressing the SPLM's Extra-Ordinary National Convention,

He says Taban Deng said there will not be a war going forwards; meaning there is a permanent ceasefire.

In this regard President Kiir is expected to announce the government of national unity by decree

The Extra-Ordinary National Convention was convened specifically to incorporate provisions of the Arusha Agreement, signed in January 2015, into the constitution of the SPLM.

The Arusha Agreement was signed with a view to paving the way for the reunification of the SPLM.

During the visit to Juba, Ramaphosa also visited South Sudanese President Salva Kiir.

During his consultations, Ramaphosa was informed that substantial progress had been made in negotiations between the various factions of the SPLM and the government regarding the formation of the government of national unity.

President Kiir is expected to announce the government of national unity by decree.   

Ramaphosa also held bilateral consultations on the margins of the SPLM's Extra-Ordinary National Convention with Botswana former President Festus Mogae who the Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, established under the Compromise Agreement.

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