Kiir also thanked the international community for its « support and encouragement » in mediating the agreement and stressed that « our work is not done and we will not relax until we achieve our aspirations for a peaceful region. » He warned the outside world that Sudan « needs its help and help. » In his speech in South Sudan, Kiir called on all Sudanese leaders not to relax and to maintain efforts for lasting peace in the country. At least 48 people have been killed and many others injured in ethnic violence in Darfur. The violence comes less than a week after a peace deal between the government and rebel groups in the troubled region. The agreement between the government and the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), an alliance of rebel groups, was signed at a ceremony in Juba, the capital of neighbouring South Sudan. The finalization of the agreement follows a year of discussions and comes a few months after a first agreement was reached on 31 August. Sudan`s interim government has signed a much-anticipated peace agreement with a coalition of armed groups. The deal raises hopes of ending decades of civil war – but not all rebel groups are on board. « This agreement will focus on democracy, the economy and livelihoods. We will end the wars in Sudan, and that will mean regional and international peace. At the signing ceremony, Al-Burhan said there would be no return to war and said, « We will not depart from peace. » We reaffirm our commitment to implement what has been agreed. He promised to bring on board all groups that still respect the peace agreement and called on the international community to help Sudan implement the peace agreement. Sudan`s interim government and several rebel groups have signed a historic peace agreement in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.
Hundreds of thousands of people have died in various conflicts, and observers say the road ahead could be difficult. Sudan`s transitional president, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, kept the joyous atmosphere around the peace agreement on Saturday and chanted in front of the crowd gathered in Juba, « Sudan is our country and we are all brothers. » He described the event with optimism. Al-Burhan, the head of the Sovereign Council, said the peace agreement was another step in the right direction for Sudan. The agreement includes eight protocols, including: last June, the UN Security Council adopted two resolutions on Sudan establishing the UN mission under the name UNTAMS, which is tasked with helping the transitional government to establish and implement peace agreements and protect the civilian population in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile. However, the SPLM/Nordsektor led by Abdelaziz al-Hilu has not yet signed the peace agreement after mediation suspended negotiations between it and the Sudanese government, while the SLM/Abdul Wahid Mohamed Nur group refused to participate in the peace talks.