Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul of the Episcopal Church of Sudan (left) and Catholic Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro as they vote in Juba, southern Sudan during the January 2011 referendum. [Nils Carstensen/ACT/DCA]
By Peter Lokale Nakimangole
TORIT, 12 July 2012 [Gurtong] –In a joint pastoral letter, Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro of Juba and Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul of the Episcopal Church of Sudan praised the positive developments witnessed in the first year of independence but expressed concerns on the inter-ethnic conflicts in South Sudan.
They have urged the two nations to adopt meaningful means of resolving outstanding issues set out in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).
The Archbishops acknowledged that there has been progress made in attempts to improve South Sudan’s infrastructure over the last year, but said more needs to be done to ensure that the majority of South Sudanese have access to basic services.
“The delivery of basic services such as roads, health, education and water has not met the high expectations of our people”, the letter states.
The Archbishops have strongly appealed for quick resolution of several critical issues set out in the CPA, saying the two countries are at risk of reverting back to a bloody civil war in the near future.
“Relations between the governments of Sudan and South Sudan have deteriorated to unacceptable levels. We reject war as an option to resolve disputes and call upon all parties to implement a meaningful cease-fire and withdrawal of forces from the border region”, reads the letter.
The religious leaders also appealed for more action to help end the escalating conflicts in the border areas.
” We call upon South Sudan and Sudan to put the well-being of their people first and work towards development that benefits all”, concludes the letter.