South Sudan

China sends extra 130 soldiers to S.Sudan


China has dispatched more 130 soldiers to the warring South Sudan.

The 130 UN peacekeepers have joined their 570 colleagues already stationed in South Sudan.

They will stay here for at least eight months.

The troops are in the country to focus on protecting civilians as well as UN personnel and facilities.

China is the biggest contributor of peacekeepers among the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and currently has more than 2,700 peacekeepers posted in the UN’s nine mission areas.

The number will reach 3,100 by the end of this year.

Meanwhile, in the Easter messages, South Sudan warring parties, President Salva Kiir and his former deputy turned armed opposition leader, Riek Machar,  have promised to end war and restore peace to the country.

The two leaders made reassuring separate public messages during this Easter season as final round of peace talks aimed to strike a final deal between the two warring parties is expected to resume this month in Addis Ababa.

President Kiir in his weekend message wished that the citizens celebrated the festival in peace and harmony and expressed regrets for destruction, loss of lives and stunting development projects brought by the conflict.

He said the war was “uncalled for” but came due to “greed for power” against the wish of everybody.

“It is the wish of everybody in this country, Christians and believers of other faiths that we celebrate this important moment in peace,” he said.

The president assured that he would do all that was in his reach to bring peace to the country by reaching out to those he said “went astray and took up arms against the state and the people of the republic of South Sudan.”

Meanwhile, Machar, who leads the rebel faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) similarly assured the South Sudanese people of his leadership’s commitment to restoring peace.

However, he said he wished the citizens of the war-ravaged country celebrated this year’s Easter festival in peace.

VOSS Radio

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