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JUBA - 4 Dec 2018

China signs South Sudan peace deal as witness

The government of China on Tuesday signed South Sudan’s peace agreement as an international witness in the capital Juba.

The event was witnessed by the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan Ismail Wais.

Speaking to reporters after signing the revitalized peace deal on behalf of his government, China’s Ambassador to South Sudan He Xiangdong reiterated his country’s support for the peace process in South Sudan.

“The signing of the R-ARCISS confirms that the government of China will continue to support the peace process here in the Republic of South Sudan,” Xiangdong said.

“I confident that with the support of the international community, the region and the South Sudanese people, the peace process in South Sudan will move forward,” he added.

For his part, the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan Ismail Wais said real progress has been made on mechanisms to implement the signed peace agreement.

“Now, there is only one pending committee which has to be constituted and everybody is waiting for this,  it is the Technical Border Commission, so this will take place on Thursday here in Juba,” he said.

The IGAD envoy appreciated China for supporting the peace process in South Sudan.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and opposition groups in September inked a final peace deal under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an east African bloc.