UN Calls On All Warring Parties To Lay Down Weapons And Observe Global Ceasefire

As Eastern Equatoria State (EES) marked International Day of Peace on Monday, the United Nations (UN) has called on all warring parties across the world, to consider laying down weapons, and observe a global ceasefire.
By Peter Lokale Nakimangole

Quoting the UN's Secretary General, Ban-ki Moon on this year’s International Day of Peace held in Torit state Capital's Freedom Square, the state Acting UNMISS' Coordinator, Mr. Bashir Aligelle echoed that everyone has a responsibility to demand an end to the brutality and impunity that prevails.

"We have a collective responsibility to demand an end to the brutality and impunity that prevail."

"I call on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire. To them I say: stop the killings and the destruction, and create space for lasting peace," reads the UN's message on the International Day of Peace dated September 21, 2015 as read by the Acting UNMISS' Coordinator.

He said that the dream of peace pulses in the lives of people everywhere especially in South Sudan although it may seem hopelessly distant.

"This year’s International Day of Peace comes at a time of deadly violence and destabilizing conflicts around the world," reads the statement.

He said there is no group more poised to help realize this dream than today’s young people saying they are part of the largest generation of youth in history, more aware and connected than any before.

"I urge all governments to make greater investments in realizing the potentially massive contributions of the world’s young peace builders."

"… At the same time, we need to mobilize all partners who share the goal of peace. Non-governmental organizations, faith-based groups and corporations all have a role to play in fostering social progress, protecting the environment and creating a more just, stable and peaceful world."

The value of this collaboration is our theme for the Day: 'Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All', said the Acting Coordinator for the UNMISS.

"We live at a moment of peril – but this is also an era of great promise. In a matter of days, leaders from across the globe will gather at the United Nations to adopt the 2030 agenda, our 15-year plan to achieve sustainable development. This is fundamental to ushering in a life of dignity for all, where poverty is history and peace is paramount," reads the message in part.

The state Peace Commission's Chairperson, Hon. Claudio Suleiman Liling pledged to deliver and work for a peaceful State of Eastern Equatoria and coexistence among the communities in the region.

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