CEPO appeals for successful meeting between Kiir and Machar
Edmond Yakani CEPO, Executive Director (file photo):
By Woja Emmanuel Wani
The Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) has welcomed and appealed for fruitful outcome from the proposed meeting between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar.
In a statement released on Saturday, CEPO called upon the South Sudanese leaders to take the opportunity as a great chance for resolving their political differences and give peace a chance.
Mr. Edmond Yakani, CEPO’s Executive Director said that the citizens are so expectant of the face-to-face meeting between President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar to make a breakthrough for ending the ongoing violence.
He said the meeting between the two leaders also offers an opportunity for other groups to also join the process of resolving the conflict politically in non-violent manner.
“We are expecting the meeting to tackle the outstanding issues on revitalizing the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) chapter 1and 2 immediately and provide roadmap for the other armed groups to offer their take for non-violent resolution of their political difference with the government and the SPLM-IO under Dr. Machar,” Yakani said.
He added that the meeting should focus on making compromises for allowing peace to prevail and give chance for resolution of the political difference in non-violent manner.
Yakani cited that the culture of blaming as a strategy for hindering the path for peace should be stopped and discouraged adding that it was time to demonstrate that “we can resolve our own difference without external pressure.”
“The failure of the meeting in making peace and non-violent resolution of political difference prevails; this will empower the regional and international bodies to create pressure that will impose solution. This is bad,” Yakani stressed.
CEPO therefore called upon the conflicting parties, South Sudan leaders and regional leaders with vested interests to offer compromises for making peace and non-violent resolution of political variance triumph.
The Council of Ministers of the regional security and trade bloc the Intergovernmental Authority on Development [IGAD] last month recommended that President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar meet face-to-face in a bid to iron out outstanding issues regarding the South Sudan peace talks.
Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir last week offered to host the two South Sudanese leaders in Khartoum.