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Adjournment of Peace talks is a frustration – Civil society

Jame David Kolok, Executive Director of Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance (FODAG) poses for a photo after the interview with Juba Monitor on recent peace talk’s adjournment yesterday 24th July (Photo by Manyuon Mayen Manyuon)

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

The civil society activist has said that the recent adjournment of the peace talks in Khartoum without the census point reached by the warring parties was an indication of frustration to the South Sudanese

He said that everyone was eager to see peace since the parties were committed at the beginning but become unfortunate when the talks were adjourned without proper justifications.

Jame David Kolok, Executive Director of Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance (FODAG) told Juba Monitor yesterday during an exclusive interview that the recent adjournment of the peace talks in Khartoum was an indication of reluctance from the parties to bring peace to the people of South Sudan.

“If I am to response directly then I would say that the adjournment has been received with a lot of frustration. People are frustrated. When this initiative move from Addis Ababa to Khartoum, the process was initially indicating that there were really hopes for peace to compromise since it started with the two leaders meeting,’’ said Kolok

He indicated that the peace process was also hoped as a pronouncement for the leaders of the warring parties to respect the cessation of hostilities agreement which nevertheless failed to implement.

According to him the warring parties were to work towards permanent ceasefire for South Sudan without delay.

Kolok revealed that the outcome of the Entebbe proposal was also a major setback of Khartoum peace talks.

“We knew that the process was to move from Khartoum to Nairobi. But Entebbe process arise. So I would say that the outcome of the meeting in Kampala to us the Civil Society was a slap at the back of the peace process. Simply because the process which was initially made in Khartoum has some hopes for peace. It narrowed the gap, fortunately with Entebbe proposal everything seems to be distress with it,’’ Kolok stated

According to him there was no difference between Entebbe proposal and Khartoum.

Kolok said that the government should convince the civil population for adjourning the peace talks without motive.

“Really the government needs to convince the public about what were their genuine reasons for adjourning the talks. We don’t see any reason on why the entire process was stopped. How can you continue to resist the process while the South Sudanese are suffering in exile,” he asked.

He urged the warring parties to consider the suffering of the civil population rather complicating it.

“I have to be honest. At the moment the government is being blamed for not supporting peace. The blame is a lot on government,” said Kolok.

“We don’t want to see such situations where our own government turns to be a hardline in the process that would have been concluded. We want to see them signing this peace agreement for the welfare of the civil population,” he prioritized.

Kolok urged the warring parties to stop complicating situations that would normally result to suffering of the local people.

“The parties should stop playing double standards politics. If you are interested in peace why have you stopped the process at the time when the people were in dire need? There is a clear manifestation that the interest of the politicians in South Sudan is on the power rather analyzing the serious situation that faces the country. If not then sign the peace in order to confirm that your interests were not on power,” he insisted.

He said that the civil society will continue to pressure the parties to come to the sense in order to sign the peace.

“The warring parties should know that they are making South Sudan to be a laboratory for international sanctions. So if we don’t sign then we are likely to see more arms embargo and more sanctions,” Kolok revealed.

According to him the International community should continue pressuring the parties in order to reach compromise.

 

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