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S. Sudan: Bor and Murle communities sign cessation of hostilities accord

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May 23, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s rival communities in Bor and the Murle in former Jonglei state have signed a cessation of hostilities agreement in the country ’s capital, Juba with a pledge to end months of fighting in the area.

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The agreement was inked by Jonglei state governor, Philip Aguer and his Boma counterpart, Sultan Ismail Konyi. The country’s First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, numerous government officials as well as diplomats witnessed it.

“The objectives of this agreement is (sic) to commit and obligate the two communities to immediately cease hostilities and create conducive atmosphere to a comprehensive and inclusive dialogue,” the agreement reads in part.

A committee composed of local and national government ministers, commissioners and local chiefs will be formed to monitor “immediate cessation of hostilities, withdrawal of youths to their respective states, creation of buffer zone between the two [Bor and Murle] communities” and return of abducted children and cattle.

A peace conference convene within a month to iron out long term peaceful co-existence issues, the agreement, discussed on Tuesday, stated.

There will be monitoring committee from the national government for any violation to the ceasefire, according to excerpts from the document Sudan Tribune obtained.

“Any party that violates the agreement shall face serious consequences including punitive measures by TGoNU [Transitional Government of National Unity],” it adds.

Child abduction and cattle raiding are common between the Murle and neighboring communities of Bor, Lou Nuer, Anyuak and Jie. All neighbours have often pointed fingers at the Murle criminals for the various cases if child abduction recorded.

Thousands of heavily armed Bor youth attacked Murle villages in February and April and clashed with Murle youths, leading to burning of Kochar, Manyibol and Gumuru villages in Boma state.

Last week, Bor youth withdrew from Boma state in order to give peace a chance.

(ST)

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  • 24 May 09:23, by Kush Natives

    As long as you two sisters communities adhere to the peace dialogue in order to solve your difference. Then we’re all ok with it!

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  • 24 May 09:24, by Dengda

    The consequences of violation of agreement won’t bother and worrying Jonglei people since we don’t start it and can take us decades to call it spade-spade. I think the ball is at other end of the court.

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  • 24 May 13:40, by james awel

    Last week, Bor youth withdrew from Boma state in order to give peace a chance.
    thank you Bor youth, I hope Murle will also do what ever they can so that lasting peace will prevail.

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  • 24 May 14:48, by akol akech

    Happy are peace makers for they shall be called children of God.

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  • 24 May 19:31, by Thontat

    i personally appreciated the two side the cessation of hostilities but the fear is will Juba peace implementer implement the agreement successfully?

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  • 24 May 20:46, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Gud move to rival parties, we need meaningful peace to prevail between Bor & Murlei and s.sudanse people at large.

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