South Sudan's Salva Kiir vows no return to war in independence speech

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South Sudan's President Salva Kiir pledged Friday helium would not instrumentality the state to war, successful a code marking 10 troubled years of independence.

"I guarantee you that I volition not instrumentality you backmost to warfare again. Let america enactment altogether to retrieve the past decennary and enactment our state backmost to the way of improvement successful this caller decade," helium said successful an code to the nation.

The world's newest federation declared independency from Sudan connected July 9, 2011.

Just 2 years aboriginal it was plunged into a devastating civilian warfare that claimed astir 400,000 lives and displaced 4 cardinal people.

Despite a 2018 ceasefire betwixt Kiir and his rival Riek Machar who present serves arsenic a vice president, the state remains successful the grip of governmental instability, economical ruin and a heavy hunger crisis.

Kiir said the existent "cessation of hostilities is due to the fact that of a caller tone of dialog among the parties to the (peace) statement which has reduced the immense spot deficit."

He said the precedence of the Transitional Government of National Unity was afloat implementation of the power-sharing accord, "with absorption connected information assemblage and economical reforms" successful the oil-rich country.

"These 2 precedence areas volition stabilise our state and guarantee economical maturation done an summation successful accumulation starring to socio-economic development."

He said much lipid fields person been opened and a refinery to proviso the home marketplace and export to neighbouring countries "will soon beryllium afloat operational".

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