There is Hope for Peace in South Sudan: Experts

“Peace is fundamental for development. This meeting will let us share experience learnt for transformation. In West Africa, we had political turbulence in form of coups and Ghana is now a good example of how peace can be attained and maintained”

By Jok P Mayom

JUBA, 27 August 2015 [Gurtong] - Peace experts have expressed hope for a lasting solution to the conflict in South Sudan.

Participants at a two-day workshop on peacebuilding convened by the United Nations Development Programme in Juba say conflict is a major challenge across the world.

George Amoh from the National Peace Council (NPC) Ghana said the platform provided an avenue to share experiences from different parts of Africa.

“Peace is fundamental for development. This meeting will let us share experience learnt for transformation. In West Africa, we had political turbulence in form of coups and Ghana is now a good example of how peace can be attained and maintained”, he said.

“We believe that we can share with South Sudan to help it set formidable peace. I want to encourage the people of South Sudan traumatised by war that there is hope and because there is hope they shouldn’t give up”, added Amoh.

The meeting seeks to reflect on current national peace-building initiatives and to develop a holistic, broad based multi-stakeholders process for a homegrown infrastructure for peace for South Sudan.

Dickson Magotsi from the National Steering Committee (NSC) on peace building and conflict management from Kenya said South Sudan and Kenya share the same challenges.

“We hope South Sudan can learn from the experience we had in Kenya during the 2007 general election. Peace is not something you can achieve overnight or in a fortnight. Everyone should be brought on board in order to attain peace”, said Magotsi.

UNDP peacebuilding official Julia Odumuyiwa said the meeting brings together key institutions and stakeholders currently involved in peace building in South Sudan.

“Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on the need for a multi‐stakeholder approach to finding and sustaining peace and reconciliation in the country”, she said.


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