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Church urges South Sudan rivals to settle outstanding issues

South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Dr/. Riek Machar (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)
South Sudan President, Salva Kiir and SPLM-IO leader Dr/. Riek Machar (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

November 22nd 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan clerics have urged rival parties to the revitalized peace agreement signed in September last year to resolve all the outstanding issues before the end of the pre-transitional period in February.

South Sudan government and opposition groups signed a revitalized version of a 2015 peace agreement more than a year ago to end the six-year-old conflict which has killed almost half a million people and displaced millions from their homes.

The parties were required by the agreement to form a unity government in May but because pre-transitional tasks set forth by the agreement were not implemented, the action was postponed to next year.

Meeting in Juba, from 7th to 15th November 2019, members of Episcopal Church of South Sudan said they “Strongly urge all the Parties to R-ARCSS to reconsider the suffering of the people and expedite the process of implementing the remaining outstanding issues, and recommit themselves to permanent ceasefire.”

They also thanked the “Parties to the Revitalized Agreement for the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) for agreeing peacefully on the extension of the pre- transitional period of 100 days.”

They further urged the “Parties to the R-ARCSS to involve Church leaders in Parties’ Leadership Retreat 5. Encourage all the parties, including non-signatories to R-ARCSS, to resolve the outstanding issues and other differences for the sake of the suffering people of South Sudan.”

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