S. Sudan-Sudan summit on displacement situations kicks off in Juba

By John Agok

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management yesterday opened a three day consultation workshop hosted in Juba between sisterly countries.

The inception workshop was on durable solution for protracted displacement in Sudan and South Sudan, under the Umbrella of IGAD support platform.

During the opening remarks, Peter Mayen Majongdit embraced the fact that the two countries share a common cultural heritage despite political differences that separated them. He also acknowledged similar suffering from over 50 years of wars which worsened the plight of the refugees of both countries.

“We have had refugees for decades before we split up into two countries. It is our passion to collectively cooperate in finding durable solutions for displaced persons in the two countries. However, this initiative will be adopted in the upcoming African Union (AU) Summit for IGAD regions to benefit and learn from”, Majongdit explained.

Majongdit confirmed to Sudanese government the full commitment of South Sudan government in finding solution to displacement.

“Our government pledged full implementation of this summit on displacement outcomes. We have to create strong solidarity and provide services to displaced persons and restore their dignity,” he underscored.

He also cautioned countries to share country’s wealth equally to avoid wars that subject the citizens to flee for refuge.

“We need our governments to learn how to equitably share our country’s resources without marginalizing other sectors of people, to avoid the causes of conflicts that forced people to flee their countries,” he concluded.

The event was attended by Ambassador to Horn of Africa and also the UNHCR representative, IGAD representative and Sudan Ambassador to South Sudan.

The summit will end on Friday and the outcome of the resolutions will be adopted for the upcoming AU summit for further deliberation and finding ways of benefiting the whole region. Therefore, the solutions will be implemented by international partners including UNHCR.

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