Kiir ready to accept peace deal


South Sudan President Salva Kiir is ready to accept a peace deal to end a civil war and set up an inclusive new government.

The deal being negotiated in Sudan would give the country five vice presidents and covers security and power sharing.
“The people of South Sudan are looking for peace and if that arrangement can bring about peace, I am ready to take it,” said Kiir at a swearing-in ceremony for his foreign minister.
“People talk about exclusivity nobody is to be left out of government. I accept it,” he said.

South Sudan erupted in conflict in 2013 because of a dispute between Kiir and former vice president Riek Machar. Tens of thousands were killed, a quarter of the population fled their homes and the oil-dependent economy has been wrecked.

A 2015 peace deal briefly halted fighting but fell apart after Machar returned the following year.

The conflict has mostly been fought along ethnic lines, pitting Kiir’s dominant Dinka tribe and its rival, the ethnic Nuer of Machar.

This week Kiir named Nhial Deng Nhial, ex presidential advisor and also his chief negotiator in the Khartoum talks as his new foreign minister, replacing Deng Alor.