This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Speaking to reporters at the Juba international airport on arrival from the Chinese mediated peace conference in Khartoum, Sudan that began on Monday, South Sudan Foreign Minister, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin said he is optimistic that the recent efforts by the Chinese Government to mediate between the two parties will boost the IGAD led peace process in Ethiopia.
Dr. Marial applauded the Chinese government efforts and said that progress is being made.
“The fate is for the two parties to commit themselves to the initiative that the peoples’ Republic of Chinainitiated led by His Excellency Wangi Yi the Foreign Minister. And we should be able to recognized it and proceed with It.” said Dr. Benjamin.
“The result of this is that we the delegation of the Republic of South Sudan held a meeting, discussed and endorsed it because it does not deviate from the peace process” he said
“We express of our president Salva Kiir Mayardit and the government that we are for peace and that this point will actually re-impose and will strengthen the IGAD led peace process which we hope there will be an IGADhead of states meeting in this month on the 28th and 29th of January 2015″ Dr. Benjamin explained.
Dr. Benjamin said the two sides agreed to allow aid workers to access hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people in need of humanitarian assistance in South Sudan and to respect the agreement signed to end the cessation of hostilities.
The foreign Affairs Minister said that the Chinese mediator, Wangi Yi met the delegation of the foreign affairs minister of Sudan, Foreign Minister of Ethiopia, Mediators, Republic of South Sudan and SPLM/A IO (Opposition) separately and their delegation separately.
Benjamin said the government hopes to resume peace talks in Addis Ababa at the end of January with a new momentum to reach a permanent peace deal.
China is the main investor in South Sudan’s oil industry, and contributes to more than 90 percent of government revenues.