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African Leaders Send Peace Letter to Warring South Sudan Sides

Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, is one of 14 elder statesmen from around Africa who have penned a letter to President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar, urging them to immediately end the violence in South Sudan.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, is one of 14 elder statesmen from around Africa who have penned a letter to President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar, urging them to immediately end the violence in South Sudan.
As regional leaders gathered in Addis Ababa Tuesday for a summit focussed largely on South Sudan, 14 African elder statesmen penned a letter to South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar, urging them to end the fighting in their country and build an inclusive peace.

Letter to Salva Kiir, Riek Machar from African Leaders

In the letter, leaders from across Africa - including former heads of state and Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa - say they will no longer stand by and watch as a humanitarian tragedy unfolds in South Sudan.

They chide Mr. Kiir and former vice president Machar for allowing war to wipe out any hopes that South Sudanese had of enjoying peace and prosperity after the country became independent less than three years ago. The authors of the letter demand an immediate end to the violence. 

Calling on the two rivals in the conflict to follow in the footsteps of great African leaders before them and work toward inclusive peace in their young nation, the letter ends with a stark warning of what the legacy of Mr. Kiir and Machar will be if they continue down the road of violence.

"The fate of South Sudanese children, who have been affected by unimaginable violations, including killings, forced recruitment, rape and abductions, is in your hands," the leaders warn.

Copies of the letter were sent to Mr. Kiir and Machar, who were due to hold a second round of face-to-face talks in the Ethiopian capital ahead of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit.

The two men met last month in Addis and reaffirmed their commitment to a ceasefire deal signed in January. They have repeatedly violated the ceasefire and a May 9 recommitment to the peace pact.

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by: Lisa from: Tx
June 12, 2014 9:45 AM
Can somebody help me, why now the so-called African leaders, who pretend to care, after millions and millions of lifes gone. Before the south got separated from north non of them contrubuted for the separation of the country, the south sudanese got some commonsence to vote for self determenation. Without some of this leaders, with respect for the African so-leaders, this time act if you care, show this by bringing peace this time and prove that they have been acting not only listing a bout the killing. This will prove to the world that African can govern themselves without help from outside world. Presendent obama once said am the presendent of the united state of America, not African American presendent. Why not prove that African can get united and takecare of African nations. Now the Iraqi war started again do you think the international communities will care, yes they will but limited.

by: Paul
June 11, 2014 11:04 AM
Somehow one recalls how ex President Jimmy Carter along with the US Senate supported sanctions against Rhodesia with other Governments all those years ago. How those decisions subsequently brought much hardship and tragedy on a scale seldom seen, something he has never had to deal with in his personal capacity.

by: D Maximus from: USA
June 10, 2014 5:10 PM
Bungling incompetents.Boors,cannot get anything done for their people since colonialism gave law and order.

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