CASS Applauds Progress in South Sudan

"The full implementation of ARCSS is the remedy for the existing march toward tribal genocide and anarchy."

 For Immediate Release, August 9, 2016

CASS Applauds Progress in South Sudan

Columbia, SC:  The recent meeting of the Assembly of Heads of State / Government of IGAD Plus held on August 5, 2016 in Addis Ababa opened a new window of hope to recover the lost peace process in South Sudan.  

The Coalition of Advocates for South Sudan (CASS) applauds IGAD Plus for its “call upon the parties to desist from any negative rhetoric that undermines the ARCSS and to honor their commitment that they have entered into the signing of the Agreement and urge them to fully implement the Agreement as it is the only framework for durable peace, reconciliation and national cohesion”.   The full implementation of ARCSS is the remedy for the existing march toward tribal genocide and anarchy.

We appreciate the government’s acceptance of the deployment of the “Protection Forces” and extension of the UNMISS mandate as well as the willingness of Hon. Taban Gai to step down upon the return of Dr. Riek Machar to implement the ARCSS with President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

CASS urges the two main parties in the conflict to swiftly and conscientiously restore, respect and fully implement the nearly collapsed Agreement to Resolve the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS).   Lack of implementation and delays have been the cause of immeasurable human suffering and lawlessness.

CASS urges the African Union and the United Nations to deploy only well trained, well disciplined, well equipped, and well led soldiers with a strong mandate and clear chain of command to correct the failures of forces in both Malakal and Juba. 

CASS urges the government of national unity urgently to allow and facilitate humanitarian aid to reach the people who desperately need it.

CASS urges the Diaspora and South Sudanese diplomats to be cautious on the use of social media and actively avoid divisiveness, tribal hate speech, misinformation, and any action which may hamper progress toward peace.  

CASS urges the U.N., A.U., IGAD and Troika to remain highly engaged in South Sudan to assure full implementation of the ARCSS.  To that end, CASS encourages Secretary of State John Kerry to appoint a separate special envoy for South Sudan to allow the necessary engagement.

As citizens let us speak with one voice to end the violence, to facilitate humanitarian aid, and to progress toward a just and lasting peace.

For questions, please contact:

Bill Andress

Corresponding Secretary

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