South Sudan: UN official calls for Jonglei state to start new ‘chapter of peace’
7 May 2012 – The state of Jonglei in South Sudan has the opportunity to start “a new chapter of peace,” a United Nations envoy said over the weekend, during the signing of resolutions to end violence among the state’s six main communities.
“Today is the opportunity to say ‘No’ to violence,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson, in her remarks at the closing ceremony of The Jonglei All Community Peace Conference in Bor, Jonglei’s capital, on Saturday. “We need to see peace reach the communities, the grassroots and the cattle camps.”
Clashes between various communities in the state – which have a history of inter-communal feuds resulting from cattle rustling – have affected some 120,000 people since December.
Ms. Johnson 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.
The chiefs of the six communities involved – Dinka, Kachipo, Jie, Nuer, Anyuak and Murle – expressed their commitment to complete the ongoing civilian disarmament, and their appreciation for the responsible conduct of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army during the campaign. www.un.org