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Peace new mechanisms developed

Kidega Livingstone

Peace Healing Initiative South Sudan comprising of Bureau of Religious Affairs, GEBU Centre for Peace and development in partnership with Religious groups in the States have identified new approaches that will bring peace in the Country.

Speaking to Juba Monitor yesterday, the Secretary for Peace Healing Initiative, Dr. Jaafar  K.J  Mori said to be able to bring peace in the country,  public participation should be encouraged in order for everybody to air out their opinion and views on what brought conflict in their areas which he described as “wider participation ”.

“We need to support peace building in all the States, respond to issues connected to demands of vulnerable population, support the structures to avoid relapse to conflict, identify the priorities of the State governments because we have realized that every state government have their own priority which must be recognized and finally facilitate the return of people in the Protection of Civilian Camps (PoC’s) and with this we shall be able to restore peace in the country,” said Mori.

His statement came after Peace Healing Initiative gathered the resolutions of Malakal Communities during a three day workshop on peace and reconciliation supported by GEBU Centre for peace development.

Among the resolutions they collected  include; land and facilities and that Malakal town and all other disputed lands in Central Upper Nile State belong to the people and all ethnic tribes of Central Upper Nile and shall be regulated by the government according to the constitution, borders between Shilluk and Dinka in Central Upper Nile State should remain as per the 1/1/1956 colonial border, however any modification  shall be the sole responsibility of the local government and should be amended by consensus.

Another resolution is that, they resolved that the government of Central Upper Nile State should dialogue with UNMISS, humanitarian partners and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) committee in PoCs for immediate return of IDPs to their respective homes.

“They also told us that if you are to address the source of our problems, there are three things, one, the number of the states which is now 32 should be reduced to 28 because their problem in Malakal is brought about by the addition of five states. They told us that when it was 28 there was no any border conflict,” said Mori.

Last Month, more than 500 rebels came back home and joined the government in Magwi County and over one thousand rebels in Wau also defected to the government.

As a result of the defections, civilians said the roads are more secure for them to move and trade freely and they attribute this to the efforts exerted by the Peace healing Initiative, community leaders and members, religious leaders and State government of the area.

According to the Director in the Bureau of Religious Affairs in the Office of the President, Moses Telar Cindut the information should be shared among the stakeholders in-order to address whatever issues that are durable for peace.

“What we are communicating now is the resolutions of the people of Malakal. If the government and all the stakeholders commit to what they have resolved, I think the problems can be brought to an end,” said Cindut.

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