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S. Sudan Anglican church wants to mediate between political rivals

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June 19, 2017 (JUBA) - The Anglican Church in South Sudan has said the national dialogue initiative launched by the president is an opportunity to end the over three-year conflict between South Sudan’s main rival factions.

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Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul at the consecration event on Ayod county on February 8, 2015 (ST)

Speaking at an extraordinary church conference of bishops held in the capital, Juba, the Archbishop of Anglican Church, Daniel Deng Bul said the suffering of the innocent civilians should come to an end.

"We as ECS [the Episcopal Church of Sudan] think that the national al dialogue is an opportunity to talk to all the parties and the church has resulted to be going between the parties to reach a peaceful resolution to the conflict," said Deng.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir launched the national dialogue steering committee last month and immediately announced a unilateral ceasefire in the country. The committee comprises of church and Islamic council leaders, among other officials.

Archbishop Deng, however, said the church can play instrumental roles in the dialogue initiative even if it’s not leading the process.

"The church has always been for peace and we will engage fully the local communities, the political leaders and everybody who is interested in peace in the country, diaspora, displaced persons and refugee camps," he said, without specifying steps the church will take that are not covered by the national dialogue committee.

Previous church efforts to reconcile rival communities in Jonglei state failed in what Deng described as government’s “inability” to disarm youths and inadequate deployment of the police to ensure rule of law.

The national dialogue, launched last month, is both a forum and process through which the people South Sudan shall gather to redefine the basis of their unity as it relates to nationhood, redefine citizenship and belonging, as well as restructure the state for national inclusion.

(ST)

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  • 20 June 05:16, by garrak1520

    Church has better chance. Allow no pressure from the dictator, who is asking the other dictator to bring all parties under SPLM. Kiir’s government has no sympathy for South Sudanese, just today a so called ambassador to Nigeria was caught with $40K. The irony is the same government is asking rich countries to donate $$$ to South Sudan.
    TIME FOR SOUTH SUDANESE TO TAKE BACK THEIR NATION

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  • 20 June 06:22, by Eastern

    The church may be a neutral body BUT NOT UNDER Daniel Deng Bul the tribalist! Daniel Deng Bul HAS BEEN IN COZY RELATIONSHIP WITH KIIR!!!

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    • 20 June 08:14, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Eastern
      Your tribal mind set, wouldn,t benefit you, denounce hatred and works for peace togather, for matual benefit of all south sudanse, rather then value Dr. Riak’s life more then s.sudanse citizen.

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      • 20 June 17:53, by jubaone

        Eastern,
        This bishop is wolf in a goat´s skin. Like Bishop Gabriel Roric, who was a NIF hireling and security agent under Bashir so is Daniel Bul Deng now under the Kiirminal. You remember the Murles in 2012-13 rejected him to mediate with the Bor jienge. So he is just a trbalist, even God knows that.

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  • 20 June 10:49, by Trust Teller

    I don’t think there is different between Deng Bul and Kiir. they both wear the same hat. What I surely know though is that any initiative without involving Riek Machar it is not only a fails mission but aim of war continuation.

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    • 20 June 12:04, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Teller

      If educated people like you trumatized about Dinka like this, what about those uneducated people says in ground?
      Your Dr. Riak should values lives of s.sudanse more than his life and denounce violence.

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    • 20 June 19:34, by victory john

      what brought you in mediation of south sudan agreement beteen two parties.Are you lealy pastor? i thing you are jang .

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  • 20 June 15:19, by quiz

    Daniel Deng Bul, you are not christian in your heart. you are the very best person sit with Kiir always but you always inciting suffering of people, injecting Kiir’s mine with harmful ideas to benefit your stomach. My dear, God is looking up on us all including yourself who claims to be Bishop.

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  • 22 June 10:27, by Achuil friedman

    Wrong people always talk like their mothers.

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