AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - Bishops of Sudan and South Sudan: "more efforts are needed for peace in our Countries"

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 peace   bishops  

Rome (Agenzia Fides) - The international community have to develop alternative plans if peace agreements reached between the Government of South Sudan and the armed opposition should fail. This is what the Bishops of South Sudan and the Sudan said at the end of their extraordinary meeting in Rome.
Despite the agreements signed in recent months by the government of President Salva Kiir and the guerrillas, headed by former Vice President Riek Machar, fighting continues in some South-Sudanese States of the Federation.
The Bishops express concern that the peace process should not hold this time as South Sudan is already described as "failed State" that is to say States without a government and functioning institutions, which become prey to armed gangs and guerrilla groups. The Bishops also call for new efforts to restore peace in Sudan, where warring parties are active in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 26/01/2016)