Communique Of The Equatorian Community in the United Kingdom
By Federico Awi Vuni | United Kingdom,
30th Nov, 2015(Nyamilepedia) —- The Equatorian Community in the United Kingdom, in its third meeting in the City of Reading, England on 28th November 2015, deliberated on the current political and military situation in South Sudan and resolved the followings:
- Asks for adherents to the signed compromised peace agreement to resolve the conflict in South Sudan. We will continue to exert pressure on IGAD – plus, the main parties to the Agreement, other political stakeholders, to ensure full and effective implementation of the Agreement.
- Applauds the chairman of Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) for the political and moral courage he has demonstrated in convening their first meeting, and trusts he will exert his statesmanship to ensure compliance with full implementation and hold obstructers and violators of the agreement to account.
- Urges President Kiir in particular as the president of the republic of South Sudan to expedite formation of the Constitutional Review Commission to accelerate implementation of the Agreement.
- Urges President Kiir and his caretaker government to guarantee safe environment for the return of the SPLM-IO leaders to take their legitimate place in formation and participation in the transitional government of South Sudan to usher the much needed peace, security and stability in the country.
- Urges President Kiir to take immediate action to halt military action against innocent Equatorian civilians across Western, Central and Eastern Equatoria states, at a time when his government has signed permanent cessation of hostilities.
- Urges humanitarian agencies to provide much needed relief and support to Equatorians who have been displaced from their homes by the recent cycle of violence in Wonduruba, Mundri, Maridi, Lainya, Kajo-Keji, Numule, Magwi and around the capital Juba.
- Deeply deplores the daily murder and disappearances of civilians in and around Juba, and urges the President and the Chief of Staff to stop these atrocities or be held to account for failure to control the security forces.
- Pleads with those who had expressed reservations about the peace agreement to stop further anti-peace rhetoric and hate speeches, and extend brotherly hand and heart of reconciliation to the returning brothers and sisters to give peace a chance in South Sudan.
- Welcomes the release of the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS) and urges for full implementation of the recommendations therein, in particular the formation of the hybrid court and expediting implementation of the various facets of the prescribed transitional justice.
- Calls upon the African Union and United Nations Human Rights Commission to institute a fresh investigation on atrocities committed in Equatoria to-date by the security forces and for the perpetrators to be held to account.
- Urges the JMEC to be vigilant to ensure that the various mechanisms/instruments of government including the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU), the security sector and the various commissions are being formed to truly reflective the ethno-regional diversity that makes South Sudan to avoid the repeat of the current ideology and practice of exclusionary politics and domination of our public life by one or two tribes system.
- Is deeply concerned about the government misinterpretation of the demilitarisation of Juba to mean deployment of SPLA soldiers along all the major roads to- and from Juba, and effectively besieging the capital city. Around Juba now, military posts and road blocks are erected in the natives’ land. The Local communities and travellers are being terrorised and to their livelihood badly affected.
- Recommends that excess forces from Bahar-el-Ghazal states and Upper Nile states be deployed back into their states of origin, and that sons and daughters of Equatoria be recruited as per quota proposed in the AUCISS report into the military, police, and security forces to be deployed in Equatoria.
Federico Awi Vuni
Chairman, Equatorian Community in the UK
- Chairman IGAD plus,
- British Government, High Commissions of USA, and Norway in London,
- UN Sec Gen,
- AU Chairperson
- President Salva Kiir, The Republic of South Sudan
- Dr Riak Machar, 1st Vice President Designate, Leader of SPLM –IO