Johannesburg – South Sudan President Salva Kiir has called on opposition leaders to denounce violence and return to the country so that new elections will provide citizens the opportunity to choose their leaders, the Sudan Tribune reported late Thursday.
During a function to accept the credentials of new ambassadors to South Sudan in the capital Juba, the president denounced the use of violence and all forms of incitement, saying it undermined the cause of the liberation struggle.
“We continue to call on them; those are who continuing to advocate for war that peace was in the interest of the country,” said Kiir.
"And because of this we have been extending our arms and a hand of peace, a hand of friendship, of forgiveness and for them to use national dialogue and other peaceful means and mechanisms to end this conflict,” he added.
Last month, Kiir called upon the country’s opposition groups to prepare for the country’s general elections, earmarked to take place after the end of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) period in 2018.