9 May 2012

South Sudan: UN Representative Urges Jonglei Residents to Open a New Chapter of Peace

press release

Juba — The Special Representative of the Secretary General for South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson, on Saturday 5 May while participating in the closing ceremony of "The Jonglei All Community Peace Conference" in Bor, Jonglei State, called on Jonglei communities to start a new chapter of peace.

A press release from UNMISS department of public information quoted SRSG Johnson as saying, "Today is the opportunity to say No to violence, we need to see peace reach the communities in the grassroots and the cattle camps."

She stressed that lasting peace can only happen when comprehensive solutions to the challenges of Jonglei have been found, when security institutions are being established, and protection for the people is in place.

She commended the commitment of the communities to reaching a conflict-free Jonglei and reassured of the mission's commitment to help in opening a chapter for sustainable peace.

Ms Johnson further pointed out the importance of peaceful disarmament in ending the cycle of violence in the state. She commended the efforts of all the key players and the chiefs whom she lauded for mobilizing the people for the peaceful disarmament so far witnessed. She expressed hope that, the process will be completed in a peacefully manner.

The signing ceremony took place at Freedom Square in Bor town, the capital of the state, and was attended by representatives of the six main communities of the state (Dinka, Kachipo, Jie, Nuer, Anyuak and Murle). Present also was the state governor Kuol Manyang, Archbishop Daniel Deng Bol, John Luk who is the national minister for Justice and Legal Affairs among others.

Jonglei, one of the biggest out of the ten states of the Republic of South Sudan was engulfed in cattle raiding between January and February. The unlawful incidents left many people dead while displacing thousands more.

President Salva Kiir Mayardit in the wake of this called for the disarmament of the Jonglei communities which has been going on for about a month and has already yielded relative peace in the area.

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