“Our country is politically divided and we must find ways and means to unite and build one nation. The implementation of the peace deal and the national dialogue are the only way forward,” he said.
“I want to appeal to all our international partners, the IGAD countries, East African Community, the African Union, the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly, to support the National Dialogue process in South Sudan,” he added.
Kiir also appealed to all the opposition groups to support the dialogue, saying the initiative was the only viable formula for resolving layers of conflicts in the country.
“It is therefore incumbent upon all of us; both government and opposition, to let the national dialogue succeed,” stressed Kiir.
However, an outspoken religious cleric in South Sudan has castigated Kiir for failing to find a solution for the three year civil war and resorting a “waste of time” national dialogue.
“Instead of solving the political problem of this country, national dialogue is thrown to us…the problem is political and it has to be solved by the political leaders,” said Bishop Santo Laku Pio, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba
South Sudan slid into a civil war only two years after its independence following the collapse of a coalition of ethnic and political elites pitting President Kiir and his followers against his deputy Riek Machar.
Regional grouping, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) attempted to piece the unity coalition back twenty months later, culminating in the August 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS).
Under the terms of this agreement, Machar flew to Juba in April 2016 with a sizable protection force to reclaim the vice presidency. The new unity government did not work as rival forces clashed in Juba only three months later.
In May, President Kiir sworn-in the steering committee of national dialogue in commencement of a program he intimated would unite nationals along peace and heal the ethnic divisions. However, Kiir said he would not allow his main rival Machar, who is currently held in South Africa to take part in the dialogue.