President Salva Kiir lauds Uganda's December 2013 prompt intervention, Dismisses calls for UPDF to leave

Wednesday 9th July 2014

President Yoweri Museveni is back home from Juba where he spent the day in celebrations marking the 3rd anniversary of South Sudan's independence.

South Sudan attained independence from its northern neighbour, the Sudan on 9th July 2011.

The Republic of South Sudan with a population of nearly 11 million is the newest nation on the African continent.

Addressing the people of South Sudan today at the John Garang Mausoleum in Juba, President Museveni urged the warring parties in that country to stick to the Addis Ababa Accord that is supported by IGAD.

He said the Accord will provide an avenue for the two parties to continue the dialogue so that the people of South Sudan learn to find solutions to their challenges.

He said that a lot of achievements have been registered in the 3 years of South Sudan's independence adding, that independence is irreversible.

The President reiterated Uganda's commitment to continued standing with the people of South Sudan.

On his part, President Salva Kiir dismissed calls for the UPDF to leave South Sudan saying, that had not been for the UPDF, millions of people in his country would have died and a lot of property would have been destroyed. He extended an amnesty to those fighting his forces.

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