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End the violence, elders urge Kiir, Riek

Author : | Published: Friday, July 18, 2014

The National Community Leaders’ Forum is appealing to the warring parties in South Sudan to end the war.

The elders also urge the parties to re-commit themselves and observe the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement they signed on the 23rd of January.

Representatives of community leaders from Equatoria and the Dinka communities of Bahr El-Ghazal and Upper Nile States have been meeting in Juba over the last four days.

They concluded their meeting this afternoon.

In the resolutions of the conference, they urged the government and the SPLM-in Opposition to give priority to national reconciliation amongst the different communities in South Sudan

“[We] request the government to develop a roadmap to institutionalize peace, unity, reconciliation and national healing in the country,” Justice Ambrose Ring, chairman of the community leaders from Bahr el Ghazal and Upper Nile States, read out the resolutions.

“[We] call upon the President to form a high level national committee to look into the issue of land management system to curb the land grabbing specially in Juba city.”

The chairman of the Community Leaders from Equatoria States, Retired Major-General Alison Manani Magaya, said dialogue is needed for a peaceful co-existence in South Sudan.

“Let our people understand that what we need is a peaceful co-existence amongst ourselves irrespective of our community differences,” said Mr Magaya, former interior minister.

The community elders also urged all South Sudanese to refrain from hate speeches, electronic and print messages that incite people to violence.

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