UNMISS facilitates Dinka – Bor and Murle peace conference
Traditional leaders from the Dinka - Bor and Murle communities convene on Tuesday in Gumuruk – Pibor County, for what has been described as a historic peace conference in the greater Jonglei region.
The peace conference facilitated by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan – UNMISS, is intended to promote peaceful co-existence and pave way for possibilities of reconciliation between the two communities.
Radio Miraya reporter in Bor, David Majur, said on Friday that high on the agenda of the peace conference will be discussions on inter-communal conflicts triggered by cattle raids and child abductions. Relations between the Dinka – Bor and Murle communities have for years been strained by hostilities compounded by a long history of cattle raiding and conflicts over water and grazing land.
The Peace Conference intends to provide traditional leaders from the Dinka – Bor and Murle communities a platform to discuss and find lasting solution to the issues that have strained relations between the two communities.
Radio Miraya reporter in Bor says any solution to ease the relations between the two communities could contribute a great deal to improve trade along the borderline separating the two communities.
“Peaceful co-existence between the two communities would pave way for the resumption of economic activities along the tribal borders”
The Peace Conference on Tuesday will be presided over by Col Philip Aguer, the top authority in Jonglei and David Yau Yau, the deputy minister for Defense.