Parties called to respect terms of R-ARCSS and Rome Declaration

By Gilo Jr. Okwata

South Sudan Council of Churches has called on all parties and other holdout groups to abide by the terms of Revitalized Peace Agreement and Rome resolution on ending of conflicts to attain peace and tranquility in the country.

Speaking on Monday to mark the International Day of Peace, the chairperson of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC), Bishop Arkanjelo Wani Lemi said that parties especially the signatories to the revitalized peace agreement and other groups who are also signatories to Rome declaration mediated by Sant’Egidio community need to recommit themselves to the principles and implementation of agreement on cessation of hostilities for the benefits of all South Sudanese.

“The implementation of this peace agreement for the common children of God means silencing the guns, an end to sexual gender based violence, sleeping in peaceful communities without the fear of being killed or robbed, recovery of economy, protection of women and children, development of inter and intra states infrastructure,” Arkanjelo said.

He stated that the complete implementation of the peace agreement especially chapter Four, would provide conducive environment for the businesses and investments in the country which eventually contribute and leads to economic recovery which benefits ordinary citizens.

“We as a Church are concerned about the economic situations in the country. The South Sudanese currency continues to lose value at an alarming rate making it hard for the ordinary South Sudanese to barely afford basic needs in the markets. As we all know “a hungry person is angry and desperate person. What is left of an angry person other than thoughts of evil and taking the law in one’s hand?” Arkanjelo added.

South Sudan Council of Churches joins the rest of the world in marking the International Day of peace which is globally celebrated on the 21th September. The theme for this year commemoration is: ‘End the violence and Shape peace together.’

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