Tuesday December 12, 2017

IGAD Welcomes Peace & Reconciliation Platform

L-R: NPPR Principal Hon Chuol Rambang Luoth hands over literature about the NPPR to Ambassador Tewolde Gerbremskel at the IGAD offices in Addis Ababa
Yoal Manyang

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JUBA – The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has welcomed the formation and launch of the National Platform for Peace and Reconciliation (NPPR) in South Sudan. The supportive remarks were made by IGAD’s Director of Peace and Security, Ambassador Tewolde Gerbremskel, during a meeting with a delegation from NPPR in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. 

Ambassador Tewolde Gerbremskel, who is also the acting Interlocutor for the IGAD-led peace talks between the Government of South Sudan and SPLM/A-in Opposition led by former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar said, “we welcome the formation of this new platform for peace, healing, and reconciliation in South Sudan, because it is very important that the voices of ordinary people are taken into account as we search for peace and reconciliation in South Sudan.”

The IGAD diplomat promised to brief the envoys about the NPPR when they return to Addis Ababa on 1 June 2014. He briefed the NPPR delegation about the progress of the peace talks, as well as IGAD’s plans to organize an inclusive symposium for all stakeholders involved in the search for peace, healing, and reconciliation in South Sudan. “This symposium will be the springboard for the next phase of the more substantive peace talks”, Ambassador Tewolde Gerbremskel said.

The seven member NPPR delegation was led by Hon Chuol Rambang Luoth – Chairperson of South Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Commission, who is also one of the three Principals of the NPPR. Also on the team was Hon David Okwier Akway – Chairperson of the Specialized Parliamentary Committee on Peace and Reconciliation and one of the Principals of the NPPR. His Grace Archbishop Daniel Deng, the third Principal of NPPR, was represented by Bishop Moses Deng from Wau in Western Bahr El Ghazal state.

The NPPR delegation presented its request to be given ‘Observer Status’ at the peace talks so that they can bring the voices of the people to the peace negotiators. Preliminary findings from analysis of a rapid qualitative opinion poll conducted during the launch of the NPPR demonstrates that there is an overwhelming demand by ordinary people to be involved in forging a common agenda for peace, healing, and reconciliation in South Sudan.

While in Addis Ababa, the NPPR delegation established contact with the SPLM/A-in Opposition and communicated its intention to hold a series of consultative meetings with the opposition team in order to seek their views on how best they can contribute to the quest for peace, healing, and reconciliation in South Sudan. Plans are now underway to set up a follow up meeting in the near future.

 

The Upper Nile Times 

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