Statement By Deng Athuai Mawiir At The IV Session of Phase II IGAD Peace Talks On South Sudan on 20th June, 2014, Addis Ababa
Your Excellency Amb. Seyoum Mesfin
Chairperson of IGAD Special Envoys for South Sudan Peace process
Members of the IGAD mediation teams
Representatives of Trioka, the European Union and China
Government of the Republic of South Sudan
SPLM/A in Opposition
And Representatives of various stakeholders
Ladies and gentlemen
June 23, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — First and foremost, allow me on behalf of South Sudan Civil Society to first thanks God for this wonderful day, a day that we are all witness to making peace in our country. Time for peace is now and we must bring peace to our country by immediately stopping fighting and commits ourselves for peaceful settlement under IGAD mediation process.
I must underline enough is enough as our country is undergoing turmoil that cost reportedly 10,000 lives and destroyed properties; 4 million people in need of humanitarian aid with only 1.4 million people reached with humanitarian assistance; 359,000 people displaced to neighboring countries while 1.3 million people are internally displaced with only 75,000 sheltering within UNMISS camps throughout the country according to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs latest report.
At this stage in order to quickly avert this violence conflict, our collective efforts must be put together with that of the international community particularly the IGAD, AU, UN and the Troika to address this unfortunate and senseless killings of our own people just because of power struggle within governing Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement SPLM party by the leaders. However, all South Sudanese stakeholders made their position clear from day one that the armed conflict is political in nature and must be resolved only through political settlement.
In light of this situation, we welcome the landmark agreement to resolve crisis signed on 9 May, 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia between the President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr. Riek Machar of the SPLM in Opposition, where all South Sudanese stakeholders were agreed to participate in the peace process.
With this agreement, we deplore the behaviors of the parties to the armed conflict as they are in continuous violation of the ceasefire agreement. I called upon the international community to speed up urgent deployment of monitoring and verification mechanism to ensure implementation of this agreement so that this phase of negotiations with interim calm produce peaceful outcome.
Bless are the peace makers for they are call children of God Mathew. 5.9
Deng Athuai Mawiir Rehan
Chairperson, South Sudan Civil Society Alliance
And Head of Civil Society Delegation to the peace process