SUDAN WATCH: South Sudan Peace Commission to resolve fighting between Murle and Lou-Nuer in Akobo county, Jonglei state

Friday, April 24, 2009

South Sudan Peace Commission to resolve fighting between Murle and Lou-Nuer in Akobo county, Jonglei state

On April 22, 2009 the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNMIS) expressed its deep concern over renewed tribal clashes in the country’s southern Jonglei State, where dozens of people reportedly lost their lives over the weekend, with many others injured or forced to flee.

Source: UN News Centre 22 April 2009 - UN mission voices concern over renewed tribal violence in southern Sudan
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News report from Sudan Radio Service 24 April 2009 (Juba):
The South Sudan Peace Commission has formed two committees to resolve inter-tribal fighting between Murle and Lou-Nuer in Akobo county, Jonglei state.

The director of communication and public relations at the peace commission, Gaitano Victor, said the committees are made up of equal number of members of the two communities.

The ceasefire committee and the organizing committee are both composed of ten members.

The ceasefire committee is tasked with making sure the fighting ceases and with establishing the root causes of the conflict while the organizing committee will collect the findings and organize a peace and reconciliation conference for the two communities.

The ceasefire committee is expected to travel to Jonglei early next week to start its work in Bor, Pibor, and Nyirol counties.

A team from the United Nations Mission in Sudan is already on the ground to asses the security and humanitarian requirements in the area.

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