September 3, 2019 South Sudan NEWS PORTAL
(JUBA) – In order to support South Sudan in implementing the revitalized peace agreement (RARCSS), the Chinese government decided to provide a batch of material assistance to South Sudan. On September 2, the handover ceremony of the first batch of food was held at the warehouse of the National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC) in Juba.
Ambassador Hua Ning, Hon. Cabinet Minister and Secretary of NPTC Martin Elia Lomuro, and representatives from JDB, JMCC, and JTSC attended the ceremony.The Military Attache Brig. Gen. Feng Bo of Chinese Embassy was also present.
Ambassador Hua Ning said that the South Sudan peace process has entered into a critical juncture, and the formation of a unified army is one of the most pressing issues at present.
The Chinese government and people sincerely hope that South Sudan will restore peace and stability at an early date, and China decided to take the lead in providing material assistance for the construction of cantonments together with AU and some African countries.
The first batch of 1,500 tons of rice aided by China has just arrived in Juba, which will help the construction of cantonments and accelerate the formation of a unified army.
Ambassador Hua called on all parties concerned to listen to the voice of the people and unite to implement the RARCSS, giving peace a chance and giving people a hope.
He appreciated the recent support from the African Union and relevant African countries to provide support to South Sudan and called on the international community to increase efforts in supporting peace in South Sudan.
On behalf of the South Sudanese Government and NPTC, Minister Lomulo thanked the Chinese government and people for their valuable support and stressed that China’s assistance will greatly promote the South Sudan peace process.
He said that the trucks and planes from South Sudan People’s Defence Force are ready to go, and the first batch of rice aided by China will be transported to the cantonments as quickly as possible.
NPTC has worked closely with JDB, JMCC, JTSC and other mechanisms to develop a detailed distribution plan to ensure the proper and effective use of materials.
At present, China is speeding up the preparation of other material assistance, including tents, blankets and medicine, and they will be delivered to South Sudan respectively.