Gov’t pleads with foreign envoys to support peace process

Gov’t pleads with foreign envoys to support peace process
Indian Ambassador to South Sudan Vishnu Kumar Sharma (photo credit: Kidega Livingstone/City Review)

Presidential Affairs Minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, called on foreign envoys to support the peace agreement.

Bernaba added that the government is committed to securing parts of the country undergoing occasional conflicts.

He added that many cases of inter-communal violence experienced in the country are not politically motivated, the government has said.

“The communities that are fighting have nothing to do with the political issues. These are community problems. [They are] Cattle rustling and many other revenge killings from families and not political,” Marial said.

He spoke at the Indian embassy during the official celebration of India’s 76th Independence Day, on Monday.

Barnaba further called on the peace partners to put hand in the implementation of the agreement and speed up where the principles might be slow.

“So support the peace process, come in help us where we are going slow,” he urged.

He assured the ambassadors that South Sudanese are implementing the agreement

“What I can assure you is that we are implementing the peace process; we are doing it,” he said.

He added that the implementation of the peace agreement is slow but they parties are sure they will finish it within the required timeline.  

“The political will is there. Our people are tired of war.

“Wwe are not going back to war,” he said.

He added that the 38 political parties have agreed to bring peace in the country.  

Barnaba added that President Salva Kiir and the First Vice President, Dr Riek Machar, have been meeting during the Friday cabinet meetings to ensure that government functions and the fast-tracking of the peace agreement is on track.

“I would like to assure the population here to feel at home; there is no more war,” he added.

In the past two months, South Sudan has been experiencing a wave of inter-communal violence in parts of Eastern Equatoria, Warrap State and Abyei.

Clashes between pastoralist communities and the host communities in parts of Eastern Equatoria State such as Nimule and Magwi had been on the rise.