South Sudan President Salva Kiir has called on opposition leaders to come together and chart way forward to end war.
Kiir noted there is no other viable alternative to end the ongoing war in the world’s youngest nation other than resolving the existing differences through a national dialogue.
The South Sudan leader also noted that war is very expensive and destructive and bars development of a nation.
The president was addressing a large gathering in South Sudan’s Yei town where he implored on the, not to engage in war. He told them the only solution to whatever issues in the country cannot be solved through war.
Kiir also called on the religious leaders to embrace government’s effort in restoring peace in the country has been in the center of civil war for years.
The president said ending the war will be an opportunity for politicians wanting to take power from him in an atmosphere free of war so that they campaign and allow the citizen to vote peacefully.
However, the leader of the country’s armed opposition faction, Riek Machar in a rejoinder has dismissed Kiir’s dialogue initiative, saying the process can only succeed if peace has been restored in the war-torn nation.
War in South Sudan has left tens of thousands of people killed and millions displaced since violence broke out between the country’s rival factions in mid-December 2013.