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STATEMENT: Enough Project on Peace Deal Reached between South Sudan President Kiir and Rebel Leader Riek Machar

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STATEMENT: Enough Project on Peace Deal Reached between South Sudan President Kiir and Rebel Leader Riek Machar

Posted by Enough Team on May 9, 2014
For Immediate Release: 9 May 2014
Contact: Alec Saslow, 720 319 4948alec@fitzgibbonmedia.com 
 
STATEMENT: Enough Project on Peace Deal Reached between South Sudan President Kiir and Rebel Leader Riek Machar
 
Today, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed to a peace deal after a five-month conflict.
 
Said Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast:
 
"This deal is in part the fruit of Secretary Kerry's personal diplomacy during his trip the previous week.  It is a crucial first step towards ending the horrors being perpetrated against civilians on the battleground that has become South Sudan.  We will know very quickly whether the parties are serious, as they are right now poised to attack each other in a number of volatile locations on the front lines of the war.  It is crucial to deploy the regional civilian protection force and ceasefire monitors to ensure some measure of compliance. If this falls apart, the fighting will enter an even bloodier phase as the stakes continue to increase.”
 
Sudan and South Sudan Policy Analyst Akshaya Kumar added:

"This agreement comes at a critical moment for South Sudan, where disturbing bouts of violence along ethnic lines have raised the specter of genocide. Still, while necessary, this agreement is not sufficient for a lasting and durable peace. For that, much more inclusive negotiations and reconciliation including a wider range of stakeholders will be necessary, otherwise it's hard to see how this deal will make a difference on the ground.”

To speak with an Enough Project spokesperson, please contact Alec Saslow (720.319.4948Alec@Fitzgibbonmedia.com) or Christina DiPasquale  (202.716.1953christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com).

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The Enough Project is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on the crises in Sudan, South Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough conducts intensive field research, develops practical policies to address these crises, and shares sensible tools to empower citizens and groups working for change. To learn more about Enough, go to www.enoughproject.org.