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May 5, 2013 (JUBA) - The national reconciliation committee recently appointed by South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir has officially began its mandate of overseeing efforts to reconcile the various communities in the country and identify the root causes of the conflicts with the aim of addressing them.

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Chairman of newly established committee for national reconciliation, Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul, receives documentations from South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar in Juba May 4, 2013 (ST)

Under the chairmanship of Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul of the Episcopal Church, the new committee, which is predominantly composed of religious leaders was handed over documents on Saturday compiled by the outgoing committee in a ceremony presided over by South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar.

South Sudan’s president issued a presidential order last month dissolving the former committee chaired by presidential adviser Tor Deng Mawien and established a new committee.

The documents handed over included the road map for the national reconciliation process, Conflict Mapping of all counties, detailing areas of conflicts, as well as files of the recently trained 200 peace mobilizes from the ten states and Juba, among others.

In extensive remarks to the new committee, VP Machar urged the committee to work hard and try to reconcile the communities that were separated by war.

Machar reminded the new committee about the complexity of the reconciliation program, urging the team to address all the interrelating factors that cause conflicts in order to achieve true reconciliation in the country.

He also appealed to the international partners including the international Initiatives of Change and the Swiss government to continue supporting the new committee.

Machar also reminded the team that even those in the Diaspora have become tribal internet warriors due to the high level of trauma they possess and also urged the new committee to design ways to help them relieve the trauma.

“It is good that they express their feelings; but the question is whether it cures their trauma particularly when they are hostile to one another in the internet,” he inquired.

The Presidential advisor and former chairman of the organizing committee for national reconciliation, Tor Deng Mawien, also briefed the new committee on the activities the committee had so far achieved.

Mawien said the council of ministers had already approved 8.2 million South Sudanese pounds (SSP) in support of the process, which the committee should pursue with the finance ministry.

However he lamented that his committee had no assets or offices to hand over because they were using his presidential advisory office.

Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul, in his remarks commended the previous committee for thorough documentation and preparations they have already made.

He appreciated the guidance provided by the Vice President and appealed to the leadership to continue doing so in order to succeed in its mission.

“I don’t think this committee formed by the president will do it alone. It will be a big mistake,” Archbishop Bul said.

“The field I am coming into is not my field; it is not a religious field,” he added, acknowledging the complexity of the reconciliation process.

Bul however expressed his commitment along with his colleagues including Archbishop Paride Taban of Torit Diocese to try their best.

He was previously appointed by Kiir to chair a peace and reconciliation process in the troubled Jonglei state last year. He faced difficulties when the Murle community of Pibor county in the state accused him of allegedly siding with his native Dinka Bor in the mediation process.

However, all six of Jonglei’s groups signed a peace deal witnessed by President Salva Kiir Mayardit.on May 6, 2012 in Bor. There followed a period of increased security but cattle raids and attacks by rebels in the area have increased in recent months.

(ST)

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  • 6 May 2013 04:23, by George Bol

    South Sudan did not fail despite the Nyagatism of Riek and Lam Akol, Arabs, plus food lovers & nyamnyam. Abyei Arbitration was taken out from Riek because he has no clue on how to implement it. YES, THIS RECONCILIATION MUST BE TAKEN OUT FROM HIM BECAUSE HE IS JALLABA IN THE HEART. love IT!

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    • 6 May 2013 06:21, by Gat Gan Kiir

      I thanks the president await Dr. Machar and newly appointed committee, you are not there for 8 million, but to give peace a chance for those who are thirsy and looking for it. You will be in the top job either by ballots or bullets no doubt about that. Thank God for being a Nuer specially from Kir in Eastern Nuer, not Kiir of warrap.

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  • 6 May 2013 06:23, by wang

    It is up to them (Dinka) to reconcile themselves or leave it… they the ones who are slaughtering each other daily….

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  • 6 May 2013 06:25, by JohnGarangFreedom

    Try nothing is better than nothing. However, it been diluted already by two elements: (a) Dr. Riek Apology to Dinka Bor (Bor County) only and leave out Dinka Paweny, Dinka Atar, Dinka Hol, Dinka Nyarweng, Dinka Twi, & many other Dinka sub-tribes that affected the most by the Dinka massacre of 1991. (b) The changing of committee in middle of event with some arguments. LOL. Long peace don’t need fav

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  • 6 May 2013 06:26, by JohnGarangFreedom

    Try nothing is better than nothing. However, it been diluted already by two elements: (a) Dr. Riek Apology to Dinka Bor (Bor County) only and leave out Dinka Paweny, Dinka Atar, Dinka Hol, Dinka Nyarweng, Dinka Twi, & many other Dinka sub-tribes that affected the most by the Dinka massacre of 1991. (b) The changing of committee in middle of event with some arguments. LOL. Long peace don’t need fav

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  • 6 May 2013 06:49, by wut atem

    MR Kiir,
    what is the point of changing DR riek Machar while he is the right person to follow the reconcilation.I hope he will follow it the he done refferrndom.regardless what mistake that DR Riek Machar done in the past and body can do mistake as long he repent he can be aright person. people should do away with hang over and build anew nation together.

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  • 6 May 2013 07:02, by Kim Deng

    This laughing machine, Dr. Riek gets all kind of humiliations from these coward Jaang/Slaves until he declare "Kac-lora."

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    • 6 May 2013 09:43, by Garang Ayiik

      I can say Dr Daniel Deng have to bring peace to the christians not even pagans communities of the South Sudan. Therefor, you please guys you don’t abuse Dinka or Jieng in generals alike Nuer whom we never quoted to be bad in general. We have to see what will be the outcome of what they are doing others murders should not be appointed as Peace and dispute resolution makers.

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  • 6 May 2013 09:50, by Gabriel KK

    The so called Arch Bishop Deng Bul is a failure and a trouble maker beyond doubt. I am not expecting anything good from him at all.

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    • 6 May 2013 15:17, by Michael Anyong

      I don’t know what does this National Reconciliation mean? To reconcile who? If so what was the cause of that argument? Who is the leader of those rebellions? And why?

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  • 6 May 2013 19:17, by SouthSudaneseviews

    By the way, good job Johngarangfreedom. Honesty about the 1980s and 1990s Dinka Upper Nile and Nuer of Upper Nile region massacres need honesty to save guided the long peace and and reconciliation among the tribes. No Dinka and Nuer only by the way, many tribes in South Sudan affected as well.

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