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The Uncertain Peace of Sudan

The Archbishop of Juba urged the Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) and the National Congress Party (NCP) to fear God while implementing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.


Through Bakhita Radio, Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro called on the SPLM and the NCP to fear God in their bickering over the present political crisis and to uphold and secure the wellbeing of the citizens.


"As religious leaders we call on the two parties to fear God and to look into their conscience. God is talking into their conscience," the Archbishop of Juba said.


"All we need is the good, the happiness and the peace of the Sudanese people. And therefore the two parties should work in such a way that the Sudanese people both in the North and in the South are happy. They must be put in such a position that they are served in order to reach real peace," the Archbishop added.


The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed in Naivasha (Kenya) on January 9 2005 to put an end to the bloodiest African civil war. The conflict killed over two million people and displaced another four million during 21 years. It provides the blue print for the peace process in Sudan.


On October 11, 2007, the SPLM recalled to Juba all its ministers and presidential advisers serving in the Government of National Unity (GoNU) to pressure the NCP to implement the protocols signed between the two parties.


The Archbishop of Juba said he believes that the decision of the SPLM to withdraw its ministers from the Government of the National Unity is a move to evaluate and push forward the CPA implementation after the two years of its signing. The President of the Sudan Catholic Bishops Conference urged the SPLM and the NCP to sit together with the international community to evaluate the implementation of the CPA. He added that the religious leaders do not expect the two parties to go back to war because the Sudanese people do not want to go back to war: "It is the call of religious leaders that during this period by no means we do not expect war. We ask the leaders of the world to sit down in a very serious way and to try to read the signs of the times after two years of the peace agreement with the support of everybody who is ready to help the Sudan.The Sudanese people do not need war and are ready to talk the honest peace".


The most important issues under discussion are the demarcation of the borders between the north and the South -which implementation was due on the first half of 2005-the withdrawal of Sudanese forces from the South and the transparency in oil revenue sharing and democratic transformation.