S. Sudan's Civil Society Statement On Peace Process

"We appeal to all South Sudanese citizens to own the Permanent Ceasefire and engage fully by closely following all stages of peace negotiation at any venue."

We, the undersigned civil society member organisations of The Consortium declare the following:
1.    We welcome the signing of the Khartoum Declaration that provides a framework for further discussion on outstanding issues for peace agreement to resolve the conflict in South Sudan. We congratulate the South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit, the Chairman and Commander-In-Chief of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition(SPLM/A-IO) Dr Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon and the leaders of other political parties for the courage they have demonstrated in recommitting their energies towards a peaceful resolution of the ongoing civil war.
2.    We congratulate and encourage the IGAD countries especially the current host: The Republic of Sudan to continue exerting progressive influence on parties to ensure that a meaningful people’s centred peace is signed. And with enforceable timely implementation modalities.
3.    We appreciate the courageous efforts of the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan Amb. Dr Ismail Wais and his team and urge him to continue with the peace spirit.
4.    We welcome the deployment of foreign troops and on this we recommend the following options:
a)     that any foreign troops should be deployed under United Nations Mission In South Sudan(UNMISS) peace keeping forces and together with the would-be-trained joint armed units and organised forces from the current parties to the conflict to offer security.
b)     that all previous foreign forces such as Uganda which directly engaged in South Sudan ongoing conflict should not be deployed at all in South Sudan.
c)     that any call for foreign forces should be clearly defined by the joint government to be formed and only if the joint government sees need for the assistance of foreign forces during the interim period, then should that be materialised.
d)     that there should be buffer zones created between the warring parties and these zones should be manned by the peace keeping forces of the UNMISS.
5.    We call on parties to respect and abide by the declared Permanent Ceasefire.
6.    We strongly call on African Union, UN, Troika and other concerned actors to clearly exert pressure to ensure that the would-be-signed agreement contains specific implementable punitive measures against any party which continues to violate the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities and declared Permanent Ceasefire.
7.    We call on all parties to speed up agreement on the outstanding issues and recommend an immediate reconstitution of Ceasefire Monitoring bodies to collect credible and verifiable information on ceasefire violations for accountability.
8.    We call on all parties to ensure effective participation of the civil society groups at all stages of the peace talks and have membership in all reconstituted peace institutions to play oversight role in the implementation phases.
9.    For continued commitment from all leaders of the parties to the conflict, we call on IGAD to let SPLM/A-IO leader Dr Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon have full freedom to move and settle in any of the IGAD countries or in South Sudan in order to ensure effective coordination and compliance on the Ceasefire and implementation modalities of the Agreement during the interim period before he moves to Juba.
10.We appeal to all South Sudanese citizens to own the Permanent Ceasefire and engage fully by closely following all stages of peace negotiation at any venue.
The Consortium remains seized with the matters of peace in South Sudan and will continue to issue statements which encourage the parties to fully commit to peace. It will continue updating the general public and its membership on peace processes.
1.    Adar State Youth Association (ASYA).
2.    Advocacy for Peace, Justice and Democracy (APJD).
3.    African Centre for Human Advocacy (ACHA).
4.    African Centre for Justice, Peace and Reconciliation (ACJPR).
5.    Center for Human Rights and Democratic Advocacy (CHRDA).
6.    Centre for Participatory Development (CEPAD).
7.    Cush Organisation for Development and Advocacy (CODA).
8.    Gender Empowerment for South Sudan (GESSO).
9.    Global Youth for Peace and Security Advocacy (GYoPSA).
10.Help Charity Organisation (HCO).
11.Interchurch Committee for Peace and Development(ICCPD).
12.International Children’s Foundation (ICF).
13.Lead Development Agency (LDA).
14.MatMedia Sudan Society (MSS).
15.Nile Organization for Humanitarian Affairs (NOHA).
16.Nuer Christian Youth for Peace and Development (NCYPD).
17.Nuer Community Women’s Association (NCWA).
18.Nuer International Relief Agency (NIRA).
19.Our Lives Matter Action-International (OLiMA-International).
20.Pagak County Youth Association (PCYA).
21.Parents-Elders Action for Children’s Education-Africa (Peace-Africa)
22.Peace and Freedom Organization (PFO).
23.Phow Girls Association (PGA).
24.Roots of Nile Valley Organization (RNVO).
25.Sixteen December Organization (16DO).
26.South Sudan Development and Relief Agency (SSDRA).
27.South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy (SSHURSA).
28.South Sudan Women’s Agency for Peace and Development (SSWAPAD).
29.South Sudan Youth Federation (SSYF).
30.South Sudan Youth for Peace Prayer and Reform (SSYPPR).
31.Vulnerable Empowerment Network (VEN).
32.Women and Child Resource Society (WCRS).
33.Women Ring Connection Between People and Leaders Association (WRCBPLA).
34.Yenet Community Support Association (YCSA).
35.Centre for Governance, Human Rights and Legal Research (Ghuriler Centre).
36.Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

About the Consortium: The Consortium is a coalition of civil society organisations operating in diaspora, nongovernment controlled areas, refugee and internally displaced persons’ camps. It was founded in South Sudan’s Pagak Town on 20 June 2017. 

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