Ceasefire in South Sudan
A ceasefire agreement was signed in Addis Ababa Thursday afternoon. The ceasefire will last at least five weeks, and a group of international observers is set to ensure that it is kept . Aid workers should have secured access to all the different areas of the country.
– Now, the difficult task of getting the democratic processes in South Sudan on track starts, the Oslo Center Director Tore Torstad says. Political parties, churches and civil society all have to become active participants in the process.
The conflict escalated with President Salva Kiir and the government forces on one side , and the opposition movement led by Riek Machar , Salva Kiir former second in command on the other side.
– The split is deep between the peoples of South Sudan. The important process of reconciliation among all who have been affected by this crisis has get started as soon as possible , Torstad says.
Torstad is currently present in Kampala, the capitol of Uganda. He is there to discuss with the Oslo Center’s partners in South Sudan how the Oslo Center Youth Dialogue Programme in South Sudan can continue.
The UN estimates that about 10,000 people are killed and nearly 500,000 people are displaced from their homes during the conflict lasting for about one month.
Oslo Center is ready to assist the political institutions in Southern Sudan to establish democratic processes and cooperation mechanisms.
– Now it’s crucial to find the path that leads to to fair and democratic elections in 2015 , Oslo Center Director Tore Torstad says.