The political conflict in South Sudan has displaced millions of people, killed thousands and destroyed huge national infrastucture. Several world leaders, religious bodies, international partners and civil society groups have made significant attempts at restoring p e a c e b u t p e a c e wa s n e v e r actualized. With the recent four day visit of UN Assistant Secretary- G e n e r a l f o r P e a c e k e e p i n g Operations Bintou Keita, there seem to be high hope in the air over the actualization of peace in the young nation.
According to her, All stakeholders in South Sudan must “engage genuinely and constructively in finding a political solution” to the conflict there
Bintou Keita told reporters in the war-ravaged country’s capital, Juba, “There is no military solution to the c o n f l i c t , ” u n d e r s c o r i n g t h e importance of the peace talks facilitated by the regional body, the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD).
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she said, urging warring parties to “adhere scrupulously to the terms of the December 2017 Cessation of Hostilities Agreement” – an accord adopted at the Forum’s previous round held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “But peace will not be won in Addis Ababa only,” Ms. Keita said, stressing that it must be won in every state of South Sudan where politically motivated intercommunal violence has caused numerous fatalities in the past month.
“ T h e f i g h t i n g b e t w e e n t h e government and rebel forces, which broke out in several parts of Greater