Lesson from the 2002 reunion between Dr. John Garang and Dr. Riek Machar

Posted: June 24, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Books, December 2013 Crisis, HLRF, Junub Sudan

“It is our survival that is at stake. Therefore, survival itself, if nothing else, will force us to fully implement this document,” Dr. John Garang, Nairobi, 2002, during the reunion between Riek Machar and the SPLM.

“To your question about whether we, Dr. John Garang and Dr. Riek Machar, are now really reconciled and reunited and whether we are therefore going to honor this peace agreement unlike the 1993 Washington Agreement that you said to have been dishonored by us: my answer is YES, we are serious to abide by it. The agreement does not belong to us, both leadership of the two movements, it belongs to you; it belongs to the people. And so in its implementations, honoring or dishonoring of the agreement, it will be your responsibility as well to hold us to it, as well as it is our responsibility to give guidance with respect to its implementations. Otherwise, as Dr. Riek said, we have suffered long enough, eleven years of suffering, of confusion and of aimless infighting. So the situation as of now, as we said in the signed reconciliation document, it is our survival that is at stake. Therefore, survival itself, if nothing else, will force us to fully implement this document.” THE PEACE AND RECONCILIATION ADDRESS: DR. JOHN GARANG’S STATEMENT AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE PEACE AND RECONCILIATION PROCESS BETWEEN THE SPLM/A AND THE SPDF OF DR. RIEK MACHAR TENY, NAIROBI, KENYA, JANUARY 5-6, 2002 

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