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South Sudan political parties subscribe to national reconciliation process


February 7, 2013 (JUBA) – Representatives of various political parties in South Sudan have expressed readiness to participate in the process of healing for national reconciliation across the country.

The government has initiated the healing process to help the nation reconcile itself and allow further development in the 19-month-old country.

There are over 20 political parties in the country which were registered by the former Sudan before the country split in July 2011. A fresh registration for all the parties in the new state, including the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), will take place once the political parties’ council is established by a presidential decree.

In a consultative meeting on Thursday between the organising committee on reconciliation and political parties - chaired by vice-president Riek Machar Teny - the parties unanimously endorsed the initiative and vowed to support it to strengthen the unity of the people.

The vice-president’s press secretary, James Gatdet Dak, told Sudan Tribune that Machar urged the existing political parties to collectively play an active role along with the ruling SPLM party in reconciling communities to forgive the past and resolve present day conflicts.

The communities, he said, have created physical and mental barriers and still fight unnecessary wars in their minds. Inter-tribal marriages among youths aged 45 years and below in the rural setup have also significantly reduced due to the barriers, he added.

Hangovers from past conflicts, including cattle-raiding, village clashes and revenge killings, among others, he lamented remain prevalent as a result of past trauma caused by the decades of war.

Dak said communities were now increasingly separating themselves from their territorial neighbours by up to 100km, urging for the barrier to be broken so that it is not passed on to the next generation.

Without first reconciling the people and changing their mind-set to a peaceful culture, development initiatives will fail because the infrastructure will continue to be destroyed by the ongoing violent conflicts, he added.

The process of reconciliation will be divided into two stages, with phase one to kick off with a conference in Juba from 18-21 April, followed by a two-week awareness creation campaign in all 10 states of the country.

The vice-president, who is also the deputy chairperson of the ruling party, has urged political parties to concentrate on their respective programs and avoid suspicions which can divide the country.

The country must move away from political violence to a fair environment of peaceful democratic politics, he told them.

An inclusive national reconciliation committee will be formed by president Salva Kiir once a report is presented to him regarding ongoing consultative meetings being held with various stakeholders.

In a separate meeting on Thursday, Machar also consulted with representatives of all the media houses in South Sudan, particularly those based in the capital Juba, urging them to serve as a vehicle for the reconciliation process, as well as become active participants among the various sectors of the society.


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  • 8 February 2013 05:03, by Nuer Empire

    Wars traumatic communities will be satisfied with the pproposal of the big four:1.Peace 2.Unity 3.Love 3.Developments.We have been waiting for these big our to exist in the new nation so thta harmonic life will be achieved.The only suspicion is that,when you do good thing,the satanic individuals will think it in opposite way dat you are compaigning for 2015.Go ahead.
    The Nuer Empire

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    • 8 February 2013 06:50, by Nuer Empire

      Suspicion is the worst part of thing that make no progress in everything.You are surrounded by non educated Generals and fake drs opposing the real Dr! Go ahead.
      ""The Nuer Empire""

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      • 8 February 2013 07:32, by Mi diit

        It is very true that without reconciliation no development will succeed. People are still busy with wars in their minds instead of developments in their minds. After reconciliation the development will come. Again the development itself will sustain peace and reconciliation in return.

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        • 8 February 2013 08:36, by George Bol

          What those who have slept in difference houses do when there is a abundance of food supply. It was a different scenario when there is scarcity of food in the 1990s. That make some to run crazy looking for supply instead of peace! What can traumatize man is talking about? get the hell out here!

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      • 8 February 2013 15:06, by Nuer Empire

        Fuck your Haters

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        • 8 February 2013 17:07, by Jong Anthony

          I don’t know when shall our people learn how to behave in public web sites ? what manners are we supposed to adapt ? can we continue with jungle mind ? or we change from barbaric style of talking to humanistic ways of understanding ?

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    • 8 February 2013 15:27, by Lorolokin

      For me I will rather reconcile with Arabs than the likes of Dinkas.

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    • 8 February 2013 15:30, by Lorolokin

      You can not differentiate between an iliterate Dinka and the literate.LOL , what a creatures.

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  • 8 February 2013 07:32, by Good Citizen

    Reconciliation is a good thing but it is useless to talk of reconciliation when the justice system in the country is so unreliable.when large tribes are allowed to go and massacre the minor community like Murle, without any justice done to the perpetrators, then you turn around arrogantly saying reconciliation reconciliation, what reconciliation done under culture of impunity ?

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  • 8 February 2013 07:47, by Good Citizen

    second, when people see that what had happened will not happened again in the future, that will motivate them to accept peaceful co-existence, but look at what is happening or has been happening with certain violent communities, you can be sure that in the morning after reconciliation, some clashes will be heard.policies of exclusivity/marginalization, impunity of Grand corruption,r good sources.

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  • 8 February 2013 19:39, by E. Defense Forces

    I think HELL is about to break loose in RSS.
    How can i reconcile while two tribes killing raping grabbing stealing infecting my land? ...... am just wondering

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