CEPO appeals for a successful President Kiir – Riek Machar Face to Face Meeting

Posted: June 10, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in CEPO, Junub Sudan

CEPO Press Release: President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar Face to Face Meeting in Khartoum, Sudan

Raila and Riek

Former Kenyan PM, Raila Odinga, meeting South Sudanese opposition leader, Riek Machar, in South Africa, in the lead up to the face to face meeting in Khartoum between President Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar

Sunday, June 10, 2018 (PW) — The Republic of Sudan President Omer al-Bashir declared his government readiness to host the face to face meeting between President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Marchar in Khartoum in the month of June prior Africa Union Head of States and Governments summit to be held in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott from 1 to 2 July, 2018. Both H.E. President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar welcome and accepted the meeting. Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who is also the IGAD chair and other African Union and IGAD leaders will attend the meeting.

Community Empowerment for Progress Organization welcomes the meeting and calls upon the South Sudan leaders to take this opportunity as great chance for resolving their political difference and gives peace chance. It is time to demonstrate the responsibility to deliver peace and stability for the citizens of South Sudan. This meeting will be practical test for resolution of the political difference in Non-violent manner.

Mr. Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of CEPO says the citizens are so expected of the face to face meeting of President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar to make a breakthrough for ending the on-going violence between them and offer an opportunity for the other armed groups to also join the process of resolving political difference in non-violent manner. The approach of resolving political difference militarily is not workable and it is destructive to the citizens and nation. It is proof that violence never gains.

We are expecting the meeting to tackle the outstanding issues on revitalizing the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) chapter 1 and 2 immediately and provide road map for the other armed groups to offer their take for non-violent resolution of their political difference with the government and SPLM-IO under Dr. Riek Machar. The meeting should focus on making of compromises for allowing peace to prevail and give chance for resolution of political difference in non-violent manner.

The culture of blaming as a strategy for hindering the pathway for making peace to prevail should be stop and discourage. It is time to demonstrate that we can resolve our political difference in our own without external pressure. The failure of the meeting in making peace and non-violent resolution of political difference prevail, this will empower the regional and international bodies to create pressure that will impose solution. This is bad. Mr. Yakani stressed.

Finally, CEPO calls upon the conflicting parties South Sudan leaders and regional leaders with vested interest in South Sudan to really offer compromises for making peace and non-violent resolution of political difference prevail. Whatever interest of a South Sudanese party or neighboring country that offers suffering in various forms to the citizens of South Sudan than empowering them with live growth opportunities then this interest is against the citizens of South Sudan. Please bring peace our eye are watching.

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