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Rights body calls for new approach to S. Sudan peace

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July 2, 2017 (JUBA) – The Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ) in South Sudan has urged the African Union and regional leaders to adopt a new approach aimed at finding solutions to the conflict in war-torn South Sudan.

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (L) listens to SPLM-IO Chairman Riek Machar in a meeting held in Masindi town, on January 25, 2016 (courtesy photo of SPLM-IO)

The coordinator for CPJ, Tito Anthony, expressed support for the revitalization of the 2015 peace agreement, stressing that the initiative would pave way for peace and stability in the country.

“CPJ has welcomed East African leaders’ decision to convene a high-level revitalization forum to discuss concrete measures to restore a permanent ceasefire and achieve full peace implementation in South Sudan,” Tito told Sudan Tribune Sunday.

He also urged leaders to use their powers by making sure guns are silent in South Sudan and to end the bloodshed in the country.

According to Tito, the national dialogue initiative launched by President Salva Kiir could have repercussions if it excludes other opposition parties involved in South Sudan’s ongoing conflict.

“What the country needs now is to stop the ongoing war. It has displaced million internally, and two million fled the country to seek safety as refugees in the neighboring countries such as Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and DRC [Democratic Republic of Congo],” stressed the CPJ coordinator.

“Any attempt to exclude any of the armed opposition [factions] will again take the country back to war and citizen to suffering and continuation of hunger, famine and worsening the humanitarian situation nationwide,” he added.

Over a million people have fled the world’s youngest nation since conflict erupted in late 2013 when Kiir sacked Riek Machar from the vice-presidency.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million displaced in South Sudan’s worst ever violence since it seceded from neighbouring Sudan in 2011.

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  • 3 July 2017 08:40, by Eastern

    Any attempt at EXCLUDING ANY AGGRIEVED South Sudanese is a kin to covering a festering wound with a plaster....

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    • 3 July 2017 09:05, by jubaone

      Eastern,
      We could have avoided all these mess, if only these scoundrels had heeded to the voice of reason. But greed, "we liberated SS and are born to rule". This jienge bullshit has brought us to this end. Kiirminal must offically accept his mistakes, apologize to SS and accept ARCISS "UNCONDITIONALLY". From there, the ND can then follow. Anything short of this is time wasting.

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      • 3 July 2017 09:12, by Eastern

        juba one,

        Kiir seems to be shifting the disease of greed SPLAnyors came with from the bush on his comrades. Kiir’s RESERVATIONS expressed on the ARCISS are what the international community should hold him on. The lack of political will from the side of Kiir anchored by his RESERVATIONS led to the J1 gunfight, crushing the ARCISS...

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  • 3 July 2017 11:22, by Sunday Junup

    Waiting for comment from those of Garang Akeen,Kush Native etc Whom never like peace to come. They just want Kiir to be in power through blood of innocent children of South Sudanese.

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  • 3 July 2017 12:00, by Mapuor

    ACRSS is final and does not need resuscitation or revitalization.We are tired of tribal rebellions that have cost us all our with all absorbed militias now take more than 80% of the national budget.The cost of revitalization would be 100% higher

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    • 3 July 2017 12:38, by Eastern

      It will cost 100% higher, I don’t know what you mean here. If you meant the cost of dealing with this current ineptness is lower than implementing the ARCISS to its letter and spirit then I am not suprised with that level of cattle camp reasoning...

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      • 4 July 2017 10:54, by PEACE FOR ALL

        you rebels and rebels supporters are the ones keeping Salva Kir in power. you are seriously complaining against Dinka as a whole tribe but not rather than looking at the failures of the current govt including Riek himself. complaining against Dinka will unite them and keep Salva in power for life. this your information.

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  • 3 July 2017 20:01, by lino

    Gen. Kiir leadership is weak, unvisionary, and none wise. He has failed the people and the country, and so a change in leadership is a must unless we are waiting to see a tribal desinentgration of South Sudan for good.
    Force can’t and it didn’t keep Old Sudan United!!!

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  • 3 July 2017 23:32, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Mugabe’s is a true Africanist, what he has done by donating 1 million to aids the peace initiatives in the war affected newly born country is a clear indication of his heart pouring to the innocent people live saving, n guess what? These money was generated through the sell of head of cattle as the country’s nature resources
    What a good will is this? YOU

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    • 4 July 2017 07:55, by Eastern

      When million Zimbabweans are wallowing in poverty and preventable diseases....You call that Africanist. Remember, it was through collaboration with African chiefs that millions Africans were shipped out of the continent as slaves...I don’t have any admiration for the crop of leaders meeting in Addis Ababa...

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