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Women MPs urge parties to stop adding more conditions

 

Elizabeth Adut, Secretary General for the Women Parliamentary Caucus during the parliamentary briefing on the peace process (Photo by Woja Emmanuel Wani)

By Woja Emmanuel Wani

Members of the women parliamentary caucus has urged the parties to the peace agreement to stop adding more conditions which they say was squandering time for the revitalization process.

Speaking in an interview with Juba Monitor, the Secretary General for the Women Parliamentary Caucus, Elizabeth Adut stressed that, the parties to the conflict and the negotiators should avoid putting more conditions and personal interests in the talks.

She said putting more conditions would not yield fruits for sustainable peace.

“We are humbly requesting our brothers and sisters who are in the revitalization forum to consider the interests of the suffering women and children of South Sudan.”

“You should put all personal interests aside and bring a sustainable peace first. Other grievances shall be solved at home,” Adut said after the parliamentary briefing on the peace process by the Minister of Information Michael Makuei Lueth on Tuesday.

Adut blamed the regional bloc-IGAD for focusing on personal interests. She accused IGAD of welcoming new rebel movements to the forum which opened way to new conditions into the agreement hence, delaying the revitalization process as parties continued with consultations which ended in a deadlock.

Meanwhile the chairperson for the Women Parliamentary Caucus Dusman Joyce James also urged IGAD and the other peace monitoring teams to pressurize the parties to the conflict to respect the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (COH).

Dusman warned that the incorporation of many units in the national army would make the implementation of the ceasefire difficult since those incorporated had failed to recognize the ceasefire agreement.

“The parties should not allow the HLRF to waste this time,” Dusman reiterated.

The parties returned back to Addis Ababa for the continuation of the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF)

The women parliamentary caucus called for the parties to commit themselves as the country had missed many opportunities to come up with durable peace.

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