Yei, 24 July, 2020 / 7:31 pm (ACI Africa).
As political leaders in South Sudan struggle to restore peace after forming a unity government on February 22, a Catholic Bishop in the East-Central nation has asked them to respect the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) in their bid to resolve conflicts in the country.
Addressing a high-level delegation of Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) on Thursday, July 23, Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe of South Sudan’s Yei Diocese encouraged the parties to commit their efforts in bringing lasting peace to the nine-year-old African nation.
“I encourage our government and opposition leaders to respect the agreement and try to implement it,” Bishop Tombe told the delegates.
He added, “When the agreement is respected, peace will reign in the country and citizens will reconcile with each other. It would be wrong on our side as religious leaders to remain silent on matters affecting South Sudan.”
South Sudan opened a new chapter from a protracted civil war after President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar, who heads part of the opposition, formed a coalition government on February 22 after the intervention of regional and international entities.