June 22, 2009
Archbishop’s plea for peace in Sudan
by Benjamin Graham
The Archbishop of Canterbury has called for a renewed commitment to sustainable peace in southern Sudan.
Dr Rowan Williams, leader of the Anglican Church, urged political leaders on both sides of the conflict to fulfil their obligations to the 2005 peace agreement.
The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), signed in January 2005 between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, brought an end to 21 years of civil war.
“There is now an urgency for both parties to the agreement and the international community which helped to broker and support it to demonstrate their renewed commitment to implement the agreement fully,” Dr Williams said.
“It is understandable and right that the continuing horrors of Darfur attract international attention. But we need to recognize that unless the commitments around the CPA are honoured there is no chance of settling the conflict in Darfur,” he added.
The Archbishop also encouraged Christians worldwide to continue in their “widespread support and prayer” for peace in the war-torn region.
Dr Williams’s statement was issued to coincide with the ‘Sudan Day of Action’, organised by Baroness Cox and the Sudan Action Group to raise awareness of the plight of people in southern Sudan.
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