Peace necessary for development, Jonglei official says

5 Mar 2013

Peace necessary for development, Jonglei official says

4 March 2013 - South Sudan must strive to attain peace that fosters long-term development and economic growth, a Jonglei Peace Commission official said in Bor today.

"Peace is the key to life. When there is peace, there is development, and education and all (other) resources can be utilized for future benefit," said Joseph Maker Kur, the Commission's Peace Desk Officer for Bor County.

Mr. Kur was speaking at the closing ceremony of a one-day outreach event organized by UNMISS in the county's Jalle Payam (district) in a bid to increase awareness of the UNMISS role and mandate among communities in Jonglei State.

Some 100 participants attended the meeting, which wasthe fifth in a series of outreach events UNMISS has organized over the last eight months.

Organizers explained the UNMISS' role in protection of civilians and peace consolidation. They also discussed how UNMISS was fostering long-term state building throughout the country, with particular reference to activities in Jonglei.
Another topic covered was the role of community leaders in promoting peaceful co-existence among all groups in the state.

Rabaka Diing Chol, a participant, said it is sad to witness long-term conflict and instability among communities. He urged citizens to stop attacking each other and work for peace.