Opposition parties in South Sudan’s protracted conflict have announced their intention to recommit to the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) signed in December 2017.
The Rome-based Catholic lay association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts has resumed South Sudan peace talks, South Sudan’s Radio Tamazuj reported November 10.
The intervention of Church leaders in South Sudan is needed to chart the way to the full implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) signed in September 2018, a Church official engaged by the Catholic Bishops in South Sudan has told ACI Africa in an interview.
The leadership of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOMA) has, in a Press Release, announced the resumption of peace talks.
The representatives of various Christian denominations in South Sudan have, in a collective statement, denounced the violence in the Eastern Africa country following recent incidents in which several armed confrontations in some six States ended with hundreds of deaths and numerous injuries.
On November 8, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the Vice-President designate Dr. Riek Machar decided to extend the Pre-Transitional period expected to end in the formation of a unity government by one hundred days effective November 12. This is a renewed extension from the original May 2019 deadline
As the clock ticks on toward the formation of a unity government in South Sudan scheduled for November 12, Catholic Bishops and heads of dioceses in the country are calling for peace and justice and demanding for a shift from “power-sharing” to “addressing the root causes of the conflicts” affecting the people in the world’s newest nation.