This article was last updated on May 27, 2022
By Peter Lokale Nakimangole
TORIT, 04 February 2015 [Gurtong] – The UN Chief's call comes as the latest round of the South Sudanese warring parties' talks ended with the two principals inking another roadmap for peace deal, aimed at putting to an end to the ongoing political struggle.
The Secretary-General called on the leaders to prepare for the next round of talks that would focus on expeditiously ending the conflict, said a statement issued on Tuesday.
The Secretary-General’s spokesperson said in a statement he issued prior to Ban Ki-Moon's that he (Moon) regrets that neither of them compromised on a mutually acceptable power-sharing formula.
The UN chief further called on both parties to urgently and strictly adhere to the Cessation of Hostilities agreement signed on 23 January 2014.
Both leaders; President Kiir and Machar, signed the agreement in Addis-Ababa on 2 February 2015, and promised to meet for further negotiations.
Now that the latest round of talks is complete, Secretary-General underscored the urgent need for both the President and former Vice President to agree on a comprehensive and inclusive peace agreement.
Such a pact will have to address key institutional reforms, including economic governance, reconciliation, and accountability for the crimes committed since the beginning of the conflict in a manner consistent with international standards, said the statement.
According to UN estimates, some 2.5 million people could be in need of food assistance through March of 2015, especially if hostilities in the country continue through the dry season.