South Sudanese leaders urged to place people's interests above their own

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People fleeing violence in South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS/Mihad Abdallah

Leaders of South Sudan have been urged to place the interests of citizens above their own.

The appeal was made by the UN Secretary-General on Tuesday following the signing of an agreement by South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Dr Riek Marchar on Monday.

Stephanie Castro reports.

The two South Sudanese leaders have been meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa to negotiate an end to the conflict that broke out between their forces in December 2013.

The fighting caused about two million to flee their homes.

100,000 of them sought shelter at the bases of the UN Mission in the country.

Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, regretted that neither President Salva Kiir nor Riek Machar compromised on a mutually acceptable power-sharing formula.

"The Secretary-General emphasises that no sustainable peace will be found in South Sudan unless its leaders place the interests of the civilian population above their own. He underscores the urgent need for them to agree on a comprehensive and inclusive peace agreement that addresses key institutional reforms, economic governance, reconciliation, and accountability for the crimes committed since the beginning of the conflict in a manner consistent with international standards." (28")

The Secretary-General called once again on both parties to urgently adhere to the Cessation of Hostilities agreement signed on 23 January 2014. 

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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