JUBA – South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has declared a blanket amnesty to all armed groups fighting his government. “I would like again to declare a public amnesty to all those who may have taken up arms for one reason or another, to lay down those arms and come to join your brothers and sisters to build this new nation,” Kiir said.
He noted that many “detractors” had written off South Sudan even before its independence, fearing the country would slip into a civil war as soon as its flag was raised because South Sudanese could not resolve their problems through dialogue.
Kiir said it was incumbent upon the population to prove the skeptics wrong and urged citizens to share the responsibility of sustaining a new sovereign nation. (from SUDANVOTES)