Jieng Community of Calgary calls for Peaceful Solution to Dolieb Crisis

"For the sake of peace, the Jieng Community in Calgary unanimously appeals to your good leadership, to all Government of Southern Sudan authorities concerned, to the elders of our community at large, and to all parties involved to find a peaceful solution to this crisis."

From: Jieng Community of Calgary, Alberta - Canada
C/o Adiel Ahoc Chol Yang, Chairman,
Calgary, Alberta
adielyang@yahoo.com
 
May 20, 2010
 
 
H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit,
First Vice President of Sudan
President of Southern Sudan
Commander in Chief of the SPLM/A
Juba, Southern Sudan
 
Re:  Jieng Community of Calgary calls for Peaceful Solution to Dolieb Crisis
 
 
Your Excellency,
 
First, we want to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your recent victory in the elections, and in your roles as First Vice President of Sudan, President of South Sudan, and Commander in Chief of the SPLM/A to wish you every success in your endeavors.  As well, we want to convey to you our concerns, particularly in view of the recent crisis in Jonglei State.
 
Your Honor, the Jieng Community of Calgary, Alberta, is greatly concerned about the senseless killings and renewed violence in Southern Sudan, caused by the recent crisis in Dolieb, Jonglei State. The Jieng Community of Calgary, Alberta, strongly condemns such acts of rebellion that claim innocent lives and that threaten the peace and security that our people need so very much.
 
Recalling the brutality and catastrophe inflicted on our people by twenty two years of war, the Jieng Community here in Alberta Canada is saddened and disheartened to learn of Dolieb’s Mutiny. Without a doubt, the Dolieb crisis will result in yet more suffering and will escalate if not handled immediately and carefully. 
 
Mr. President, at this crucial time when the referendum in southern Sudan is only a few months away, the Dolieb Crisis caused by such thoughtless actions must quickly be resolved, wisely and peacefully.  Our people have suffered much too long already.  Their welfare is uppermost: their peace and security must not remain threatened any longer.

For the sake of peace, the Jieng Community in Calgary unanimously appeals to your good leadership, to all Government of Southern Sudan authorities concerned, to the elders of our community at large, and to all parties involved to find a peaceful solution to this crisis. 

Your Excellency, a time like this requires forgiveness, wisdom and courage to transcend differences and bitterness. Therefore, despite the horrific Dolieb incident that has claimed innocent lives, we put our trust in you to craft a binding, peaceful solution with General George Athor Deng Dut to ensure our people never again fall victim to senseless killing and the sufferings of war.

We also appeal to General George Athor Deng Dut to stop fighting against the Government of Southern Sudan and its people, and urge him to listen to the call for peace and the voices of reason. During the civil war, General Athor Deng Dut stood tall, defending the people of Southern Sudan against the wrath of Sudan’s Islamic Army.  Indeed, General Athor remained loyal to his people throughout the twenty-two years of war until it ended with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.  We respect him greatly for that. 

However, we say “no” to General Athor Deng’s mutiny and his determination to fight the people he once struggled to liberate, because of his belief the election was rigged against him.  We want to assure General George Athor Deng that his great legacy as a General and as a war veteran is more important than being Governor of Jonglei State. Secondly, elections that are lost may be won later if the candidate remains loyal and faithful to his people. If General Athor remains loyal and listens to the voices of his people, he may reap the reward he sought, or an even larger one, in the future. 

What is most important, however, General George Athor Deng Dut, who once fought gallantly to achieve self-determination for his people, must not be remembered as the one who later destroyed the opportunity the referendum would have provided for Southern Sudan to achieve that self-determination.  That referendum is now less than eight months away! To repeat, we call both Government of Southern Sudan and General Athor Deng to end hostilities and to negotiate in order to reach a peaceful solution to this crisis.

Equally, we are also calling individuals who are calling for military solution to this crisis to exercise caution and use language of peace that would not fuel this crisis further.
We must never forget the crippling and destructive cost of nearly three decades of war: two and a half million lives lost, and who can place a value on the loss of property?  Socially and economically, how our people have suffered!

How foolish if we now condone – or even invite – another outbreak of war and carnage to claim more lives and to lose more property! Dreading such thoughts, we, the Jieng Community of Alberta, call for all our leaders to bury their differences and embrace peace, lead their people and end their oppression in the Sudan, instead of fighting with each other.

Your Excellency, it is our hope that under your leadership the people of Southern Sudan will yearn for peace and reject violence that would surely destroy us as a people with a common destiny.  Therefore, we again call for you to bring a peaceful solution to this crisis through peaceful negotiations. Simply we say, “No to war - Yes for peace”. We salute your great leadership.
 
Yours truly,
 
Signed by:
Jieng Community of Calgary, Alberta Executive:
Adiel Ahoc Chol Yang, Chairman:
Cienkow Awu, Vice Chairman:
Peter Deng Arok, General Secretary:
Tong Ajerek, information Secretary:
Steering Committee:
Mayiik deNyok, member:--simonnyok@hotmail.com
Tabitha Akec Ayuel, member:
Athian Deng, member:
Sarah Aluel Thon, member:
Raik Atem Lok, member:
Santino Kutpul Dau:
Charles Chol Tiop:
Morris Kuol Yoll, member:

CC: To
Dr Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, Vice President of the Government of South Sudan
Hon. Pa’gan Amum Okiech, SPLM Secretary General
Hon.  Nhial Deng Nhial, Minister for SPLA Affairs
Hon. James Hoth Mai, General Chief of Staff of the SPLA
Hon. Major General Athor Deng, former Deputy Chief of Staff of the SPLA
Hon. Kuol Manyang Juuk, elected Governor for Jonglei State
Padang Paramount Chiefs
Bor Paramount Chiefs
Hon. Joshua Dau
 

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