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Rights body calls for new mechanisms to South Sudan peace process

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September 3, 2017 (KAMPALA) - The Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ) has called for an inclusive revitalization process in South Sudan’s peace process, saying isolating the country’s rebel groups from the peace process could mean prolonging the war in the East African nation.

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Ethiopian FM and Chairperson of the IGAD Council Workneh Gebeyehu shakes hands with President Salva Kiir in Juba following a meeting with the IGAD foreign ministers on 24 July 2017 (IGAD photo)

CPJ’s coordinator Tito Anthony says the plan to exclude the armed opposition leader, Riek Machar from the peace revitalization forum or resuscitation of South Sudan peace deal could delay the process.

The official called for a new approach, involving both war parties with full participation of political leaders in and outside the country.

"We need both President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar for fully present in South Sudan, to allow the transitional justice processes take place especially the accountability and reconciliation part because they have direct responsibility for the four years conflict in the country and must be personally involved in reconciliation and accountability processes,” Tito told Sudan Tribune.

The CPJ director further warned that the recent IGAD revitalized peace process lacks a ground base, saying it focuses on one side of the conflict and was likely to fuel the ongoing conflict in the country.

"Peace cannot be achieved in South Sudan when the armed opposition allied to the SPLM (IO) Machar faction is out of the revitalization of the 2015 peace agreement,” stressed the official.

“I urge the regional leaders to be serious to achieve peace in the new country or collaborate with international actors to initiate a new political process that will bring peace in South Sudan,” he added.

In June, East African leaders at an extraordinary summit meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia called for the revitalization of the 2015 South Sudan peace accord, saying the agreement was the only solution to end the conflict.

The South Sudanese government, however, said the revitalization forum by the regional, which mediated the 2015 peace deal should not be another platform for negotiation of the new peace agreement between the two factions to the conflict.

IGAD is an eight-member economic bloc that brings together Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda.

Over a million people have fled South Sudan since conflict erupted in December 2013 when President Salva 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 Sudan in 2011.

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  • 4 September 11:49, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Revitalize peace processes lack base ground!If Dr Risk be given the post of Oppostion leader within the parliament, will it still be lacking the slide base ground? WHAT about the G7 or 10 Member, what is their opinion? Do they need special consideration within the peace process or are they still neutral? n 4 how long even during elections will they still be
    Neutrals? Pliz help here.. I am a bit o

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    • 4 September 12:48, by Majesty

      For genuine peace in South Sudan, all aggrieved voices including all greedy SPLM leaders who brought the war in first place need to be there. No luxury of picking who to come and who is not. We have to choose one, war or peace. We can’t have both. Though peace should be owned 100% by South Sudanese, avenue has to be outside the country not Juba. CPA was negotiated and settled in Kenya not Khartoum

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  • 4 September 14:52, by lou nuer

    Dear Tito,
    you have stated clearly any isolation of Dr. Machar is prolonging the war in the young nation which is being turned by East Africa Countries to enrich their families and create a job in a technical way. That means the ground decission of AA of the last two months was not comprehensive completely of isolating Dr.Machar we need him there

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