Peace Committee To Embark On In-Depth Reconciliation

The Chairperson of the Committee for National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul [Gurtong]

In a statement to the press on Wednesday, Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul, the Chairperson of the National Reconciliation Committee said the Committee will carry out intensive consultation which will involve all levels of people in the country.

“It was decided that between now and 2016 there will be broad consultations at all levels – grass roots, State and National,” Deng said.

He said the consultations will include citizens, government organs, political parties, organized forces, civil society, women, traditional leaders, youth, business, media and academicians among others.

“This will be facilitated by the National Committee, the State Sub-Committees and 550 peace mobilisers including (from) Abyei,” Deng said.

In partnership with a number of organizations, he said the Committee is currently exploring the facilitation for training of peace mobilisers in all the ten states.

“The consultative process is the first phase of the reconciliation process,” Deng said, adding: “It will end with a conference in 2016, and proceed by conferences at county and state levels.”

The National Reconciliation process was initiated early this year led by the former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar but was later changed in a Presidential Decree and Deng was made to head it.

The process is aimed at reconciling the citizens of the entire country, a move to forgive and forget all atrocities committed during the over two decades of the civil war that ended in 2005.

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