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South Sudan bishop urges rival factions to end violence


April 4, 2018 (JUBA) – The head of the Church of South Sudan’s internal Central Province, Archbishop Paul Yugusuk has urged the rival parties involved in the country’s ongoing civil war to declare an end to violence before the next round of peace talks commence.

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A group of Bishops in Juba (ST/file)

The next phase of the talks, mediated by the regional bloc (IGAD) is expected to take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 26-30 April.

During the last negotiations, which stalled, the parties involved in the high level revitalization forum, discussed formation of a transitional government, permanent ceasefire and other security arrangements.

Archbishop Yugusuk said all parties must conclude with signing a peace deal during the upcoming round of talks in Addis Ababa.

“Our delegation is going to IGAD and as they go there and before they go there, let the government and opposition say it is finished,” said the Archbishop.
“Let us bring everything to an end. We open a new page and let us come back home and live,” he added.

The retired Bishop of Rajaf, Enoch Tombe, who led the religious team for the peace talks in Addis Ababa, said the parties should take a people-centered approach during the next round of negotiations.

“If you are serious about peace, we should go with a new mindset,” said Bishop Tombe.

“We shouldn’t just continue business as usual - this is my position and that’s it. I think we have to be ready to compromise for the sake of the people, for the sake of this country and for ourselves,” he added.

Fighting between the warring parties have intensified in recent weeks, with each of the two sides accusing the other of renewing fighting ahead of the next round of peace talks to end the ongoing civil war due in the Ethiopian capital this month.


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  • 5 April 2018 10:46, by jubaone

    These bishops are either for the devil or for God. Peace can’t be signed as long as Dr Riak is still confined in confined in S Africa. Everyone even the Kiirminal acknowledges that peace is only possible with Riak, otherwise we wouldn’t be wasting IGAD’s resources on HLRF. These bishops must fight for the unconditional release and full participation of Dr Riak in the HLRF.

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    • 5 April 2018 11:02, by deng


      As we know the impossible things with human being is possible with God, so we just need to pray without ceasing not because to change God Rules but through prayers we will be changed and things which looks impossible will be possible and real peace will come to our country.

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    • 5 April 2018 11:08, by Midit Mitot


      You are absolutely right, what I have realized from South Sudanese and beyond is that, South Sudan war has become project to any group. Peace with Dr Machar would not prevail at all.How come the violent should be denounce while the one part leader is on confinement? this is bullshit.

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    • 5 April 2018 12:30, by Eastern


      Until the regime in Juba along with its paid religious leaders should know that peace is earned not wished for. As long as Kiir thinks he’s the ONLY relevant person in managing the South Sudanese affairs, their won’t be peace!

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  • 5 April 2018 11:19, by Games

    Peace only will come to South Sudan when Salva Kiir and some of his JCE are deads. This Bishop needs to be honest to himself, IO is not a problems, the reals problems are SPL-JCE which does not respects any orders from their Bosses

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    • 5 April 2018 18:31, by Garang Akeen Tong


      You are against the will of God, JCE is going nowhere, its will live forever, we are going to replace them, when the retire.
      Games the more you curse is the more you bless, your devils wishes cann,t be happen.

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  • 5 April 2018 13:13, by Theallseeingeye

    Mr. Bishop

    Kiir’s lack of knowledge & leadership skill has made him to resort to trail & error and total brute force approach as the only possible left option, a choice which an average illiterate and semi-illiterate individual would unknowingly select without any sense of shame.

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  • 5 April 2018 13:23, by Nairobimitot

    That Bishop needs to go and hang himself. South Sudan civil war is from God not from Bishop. Only God can end it. I ask the bishop to either hang himself or go for the regular and ordinary life of prayer.

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  • 5 April 2018 13:46, by Sunday Junup

    I don’t think those Bishops are men of God actually because if you read bible very well you would knew that men of God always talk frankly direct to problem maker. I don’t know why they fear Kiirimnial Mayardit like nothing. Now in Juba people knew they are a life at 8:L00AM and don’t know that they are alive from 7:00PM - 7:00AM. And that is in Juba what about the rest of states outside Juba

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  • 5 April 2018 16:31, by Lenin Bull

    Peace is in the interest of SPLA-IO and their people who are either languishing in refugee camps in neighboring countries or their IDPs in POCs across South Sudan or scattered in their villages without schools and health services. For some idiotic SPLA-IO internet warriors to swear by NGUNDAENG that no peace if their hoodoo is not released is nothing short of foolhardiness!

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  • 5 April 2018 16:36, by Lenin Bull

    Whether through Addis or not peace is on the way coming. SPLA-IO is defeated and exhausted and will surrender individually after the revitalization talks fail on the 30th April 2018. Better they sign peace before they humiliate themselves by surrendering individually. Wait and see from May 2018 onward. Nowadays, we receive SPLA-IO officers everyday at Juba airport surrendering through Addis.

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    • 5 April 2018 20:17, by jubaone

      Lenin Fool,
      No peace whatsoever will be signed with the kiirminal after he flagrantly violated the terms of ARCISS 2015 in creating worthless 28 and now 32 states. No peace will be signed as long as IGAD stupidly holds Dr Riak hostage. No peace will be signed under duress or coercion. The Kiirminal must first revoke the 32 worthless states or none.

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      • 5 April 2018 20:22, by jubaone

        These bishops are agents and jienge hirelings disguised as pious men. Only when jienges get to their luaks, only when rapists, jienge thugs and criminals are held responsible for the untold suffering, killing of Equatorians, Nuers, Collos, Fertit etc..no peace. Blood4blood, eye4eye. Either jienge kill us all or we hang them by their genitalia.

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        • 6 April 2018 17:30, by Theone

          Hey Jubaone, who are (we?)
          I told you before that you are hurting yourself, your empty thrats are not helpful for yourself.

          South sudan belong to all tribes, and if you think otherwise, then you are DELUSIONAL

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  • 5 April 2018 18:01, by lino

    Mistakes were made when the country was handed to one inexperienced party!!! South Sudanese Political Parties should have met in a conference and shared power by delegating responsibilities and duties to qualified personnel.
    Technocrat Government would have been better than pick and choose system!!! At least they would have built roads, schools, and hospitals!!!

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