NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- South
Sudan’s First Vice President Taban Deng Gai is set to brief the
UN General Assembly currently underway in New York on peace
implementation in his war-torn country, a government spokesman
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir’s spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny
told Xinhua in an interview Monday that Gai “will attend all the
functions and (that) he will deliver a speech in the UN General
Assembly on peace implementation.”
Gai replaced former rebel leader Riek Machar as first vice
president in the wake of the July clashes between forces loyal
to Machar and those led by Kiir.
A peace agreement, which was signed in August 2015 and aimed at
ending more than two years of civil war between Kiir and Machar,
remains fragile as Machar has fled to Sudan and is once again
pitted against Kiir.
The July clashes killed at least 300 people and displaced
thousands into neighbouring countries of Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan
The UN refugee agency earlier this week revealed that the number
of South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries had reached
the one million mark, which makes South Sudan join Syria,
Afghanistan and Somalia as countries that have produced more
than one million refugees.
The UN General Assembly is expected to discuss on the large
movements of refugees and migrants across the world that has put
pressure on resources and compromised border security.
“This is the first time the General Assembly has called for
a summit at the heads of state and government level on large
movements of refugees and migrants and it’s a historic
occasion to come up with a blue print for a better
international response,” Ateny said.
South Sudan’s civil war broke out in December 2013 after Kiir
accused his then sacked deputy Machar of plotting a coup. Machar
denied the charges but mobilized a rebel force. Since then tens
of thousands have been killed and more than two million uprooted
from their homes.