S. Sudan leader offers peace to rebels, hotspots

By REUTERS
July 9, 2011 17:25

 
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JUBA - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir offered an amnesty to armed groups fighting his government, and promised to bring peace to troubled border areas, soon after his state declared independence from the north on Saturday.

"I would to take this opportunity to declare amnesty for all those who have taken up arms against Sudan," he said.

"I want to assure the people of Abyei, Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan that we have not forgotten you. When you cry, we cry. When you bleed, we bleed. I pledge to you today that we will find a just peace for all," he said, adding he would work with north Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir to attain that.

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