Last week, Justice Africa, an organisation working for peace and human rights in Africa, held a three-day workshop at the Western Bahr el Ghazal State Council of Ministers Peace Hall in Wau.
The workshop commenced with presentations of the historical, political and economic realities that led to the demand for South Sudanese to put their main focus on self-determination.
There were also plenary discussions on the merits and demerits of the two options of either unity or secession.
Among the questions that sought answers during the discussions were: Will unity or secession guarantee or interrupt peaceful and sustainable development in South Sudan? What would be the implications of either option on the entire region?
The Justice Africa director for South Sudan Kassay Gebreyesus said his organisation seeks to bring together stakeholders in South Sudan to discuss the main challenges that are likely to come with the vote.
“The people of South Sudan should be aware of the pre and post-referendum implications in a bid to embrace peace and stability for development as the dividends of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement”, said Gebreyesus.
He added that the dialogues aim at preparing the Government of Southern Sudan and other Sudanese stakeholders to work towards putting in place the necessary measures to achieve a peaceful referendum and stable post – referendum period.