Give Peace A Chance: Bishop Taban

Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban urges warring parties in South Sudan to give peace a chance. [Gurtong]

Bishop Taban made the peace appeal shortly after the Juba government inked an agreement on cessation of hostilities with South Sudan Democratic Movement/Defence Army (SSDA), Cobra faction of David Yau Yau last week in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

An advocate for love, peace and unity among South Sudanese, Bishop Taban said through true reconciliation and forgiveness, peace and stability can be realized if sought collectively.

The man of God urged the political leaders to demonstrate transparency and shun tribalism and nepotism. 

He leads the Church Leaders Mediation Initiative (CLMI) which has long concentrated on Jonglei peace dialogue. The deal successfully was reached following a week of negotiations between the two parties under the auspices of CLMI. 

The new deal comes a week after government and rebels signed a ceasefire agreement in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa to end six weeks of fighting in the world’s youngest nation.

The bishop also called on both warring parties to cease the culture of war and militarism as he urged them to begin working harder for sustainable peace in the country and helping suffering people.

The parties agreed to an immediate Cessation of Hostilities, commit to non-aggression and refrain from any action that may hinder the ongoing talks in Addis Ababa.

The government agreed to release SSDA Cobra Faction soldiers in custody while the Cobra Faction agreed to remain neutral in the ongoing conflict.

According to Bishop Taban, the agreement between the warring parties will enable peace in the communities affected by the conflict, providing an urgent need for reconciliation not only in Jonglei but the entire country.

Yau Yau rebelled against South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) after the April 2010 elections when as an independent candidate he lost Gumuruk constituency seat for Jonglei State Legislative Assembly in Pibor County to an SPLM candidate.  In 2011, however he joined the SPLA but rebelled again in April 2012.

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