JMEC: HLRF provides best opportunity to end “catastrophe” in South Sudan

Posted: May 19, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in HLRF, JMEC, Junub Sudan

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JMEC CHAIRMAN: “THE ONLY OFFENSIVE SOUTH SUDAN NEEDS RIGHT NOW IS A PEACE OFFENSIVE.”

Saturday, May 19, 2018 (PW) — The High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) provides best and timely opportunity to end the “catastrophe that befell the people of South Sudan”, the Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), has said.

Speaking during the opening of the continuation of the Second Phase of the HLRF in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, H.E. Festus Mogae said,

“You are at a critical juncture. This forum (HLRF) provides the best and timely opportunity for you all, to collectively decide and bring the catastrophe that has befallen your people to an end.”

“There comes a time in life, where nothing else should matter more, than to do what is right. I believe the time is now, for all patriots of South Sudan, to rise to the occasion.

JMEC Chairperson H.E Festus Mogae (top right) addressing the Forum

“Enough is enough. Let us all find in our hearts a place to forgive each other, accommodate one another and rekindle the spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood and take another historic step to rebuild South Sudan.”

H.E. Mogae, said in his address, about 4.2 million of South Sudanese people remain displaced, 2.4 million of whom are in neighbouring countries as refugees.

“The resumption of the conflict (in South Sudan) has left immeasurable human costs, which continue to rise. The economy is devastated and there is a deepening sense of anxiety and insecurity among large parts of your society. Your people are fast losing hope.”

He said an estimated 7 million South Sudanese are currently in need of humanitarian assistance with at least 6.3 million severely food insecure.
He expressed concern that the Cesssation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA), signed on December 21, 2017, “has been repeatedly violated with impunity.”

“This is regretable and only serves to undermine our confidence on how seriously some parties are taking this noble process.”

He called on all Parties to overcome outstanding issues, and “put the interest of the country first.”

ENDS

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