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ICC NOTE: Another article focusing on the fact that the CPA is not being implemented so that the South might benefit from it. The Church speaks up on behalf of its future and the future of the South.

Saturday 26 August 2006

Sudanese churches decry slow implementation of peace deal

For the full article go to Sudan Tribune .

( NAIROBI ) — Churches in Sudan have decried slow implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed between the government and the former rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in January 2005.

Former rebel leader John Garang greets Cardinal Zubair Wako head of the Sudanese Catholic Church, in Khartoum , Friday, July 8, 2005. (AP).Church leaders who ended an ecumenical meeting in Nairobi at the weekend said they abhorred the “prevalence of violent conflicts, ethnic clashes in many parts of Southern Sudan, corruption in the public offices, lack of development and services to the people, and slow implementation of the CPA” close to two years since the peace deal was signed.

The meeting was hosted by the All Africa Conference of Churches from August 17 – 19 at Archbishop Desmond Tutu Ecumenical Centre. In a final communiqué signed by leaders of 10 churches – including the Episcopal, Catholic, Presbyterian and Coptic Orthodox churches – the leaders said they were also unhappy that churches had been excluded from implementation of the peace pact.

“We note with regret the isolation of the churches in the implementation of the CPA although the churches played a major role in bringing about the agreement. We call upon the Governments to include the churches in the implementation of the CPA, and to improve their performance in the security and governance of the country,” the leaders said.

They called on the government and the international community to expedite the return and resettlement of internally displaced persons and refugees. The Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) process should also be speeded up, they said.