South Sudan President Salva Kiir. PHOTO: South Sudan Government.

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Kiir calls for reintegration of South Sudan military and rebels

JOHANNESBURG, August 10 – South Sudan President Salva Kiir, who is also the commander-in-chief of the national army, has instructed the South Sudanese military to turn its back on war and prepare to welcome and integrate former rebels who will join them soon to form one army, the Sudan Tribune reported.

Following the recent signing of a peace agreement in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, it is expected that within eight months from the beginning of the transitional period, the rebel fighters will integrate into the national army after receiving the necessary training.

The rapid integration of the formerly warring armed groups was a key component for Kiir during negotiations on revitalised security arrangements so as to avoid the repetition of the bloody clashes in July 2016.

During a speech at the headquarters of his army in Juba, Kiir briefed the soldiers on the recent agreements regarding outstanding issues of governance and security arrangements between the government and opposition groups.

Underlining his commitment to the full implementation of the revitalised peace agreement, the South Sudan president stressed that this commitment should be shared by all parties, including the military.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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