South Sudan tells UN it’s ‘heading towards lasting peace and stability’


South Sudan’s First Vice President Taban Deng Gai told the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday that his country is “heading towards lasting peace and stability.”

Despite ongoing concerns over the fragility of South Sudan’s peace process and ongoing human rights violations taking place in the country, Taban Deng Gai insists his country is making strong process and should be considered as a “beacon of hope” for country’s embroiled in political crises.

South Sudan making progress, vice president tells UN

“Last year, I stood here representing a country many sceptics had considered was on the brink of deteriorating into violent conflict,” Taban Deng Gai told the UN General Assembly during the week.

“South Sudan is heading towards lasting peace and stability,” he insisted.

Critics have questioned the dedication of South Sudan’s leaders after the failure of previous peace deals and ongoing delays in forming a transitional government, as required by the latest peace deal.

While the latest deal has largely brought an end to conflict between government forces and the country’s leading rebel group, the two parties are still at odds over implementing the power-sharing aspects of the peace deal.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.