"I'm asking you with my heart", the pope said to the President Salva Kiir, and opposition leader Riek Machar, during a spiritual retreat at the Vatican in Rome. He has entrusted much to us, and for this reason will require from us much more!
"You have begun a process, may it end well", he said. "So it is unlikely that we will form the government by the twelfth of May", he said.
After the two-day meeting on Thursday, the Pope shocked those present by kneeling and kissing the feet of the two principals. Under the terms of a peace agreement signed in September, the vice presidents are to take office together on 12th May, sharing power and ending the armed conflict between clans and among communities. "People are wearied, exhausted by past conflicts: Remember that with war, all is lost!".
"Sudan has helped us with the peace deal".
Sudan, which is predominantly Muslim, and the mainly Christian south fought for decades before South Sudan became independent in 2011.Читайте также: Father claims Jovic to reject Barcelona, Man City for Frankfurt
Sudanese demonstrators chant slogans as they protest against the army's announcement that President Omar al-Bashir would be replaced by a military-led transitional council, in Khartoum, Sudan April 11, 2019. "Tears were flowing from my eyes", she said.
"Peace is possible", the pope told the leaders.
As leaders of a people, he said, those who govern will have to stand before God and give an account of their actions, especially what they did or didn't do for the poor and the marginalised. The pope kissed the feet of all of them. "But in front of the people, hold hands united".
The Holy Father encouraged the South Sudanese leaders to "seek what unites you, beginning with the fact that you belong to one and the same people, and to overcome all that divides you".
South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 but had been gripped by a bloody civil war since 2013 until a peace deal was finally signed in September of past year.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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