YOKOHAMA, 2 June 2013 - President Salva Kiir Mayardit addressed the second session of the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development today, as the conference continues its session in the second day on peace and stability.
H.E Kiir said South Sudan is committed to resolving all conflicts in Africa and facilitate the realization of an Africa which is free of conflicts by 2020. He added that South Sudan is also committed to maintaining peace and stability and ensuring security both across and within the borders with Sudan.
President Kiir also thanked many friends, including Japan, for receiving tremendous support and said Japanese peace keepers are doing a credible job in South Sudan and has expanded their operations from being peace keepers to maintaining the infrastructure. He commended the Japanese peace keepers for increasing their operations to new areas in Eastern and Western Equatoria states.
President Kiir told the conferees that the lives of peace keepers in the country were put into risk by rebel attacks. He said that the government is doing its best to bring the situation into normalcy.
“The government working with the civil society organizations has initiated the process of national reconciliation and healing as a way of consolidating peace in South Sudan”, President Kiir said. He called on the Japanese government to support the process.
Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Yokohama, Japan