Sub: Panaruu Community in Juba have rejected the security arrangements and border agreement recently signed in Addis Ababa
Juba, October 15, 2012 (SSNA) — October, 14/ 2012. Panaruu Community of Panrieng County, Unity State in Juba have rejected the recent security and border agreement signed in Addis Ababa between the republic of south Sudan and North Sudan. This comes after the Sunday community meeting at South Sudan Hotel One. The meeting comes before one day of Presidential address of the parliament to ratify the agreement signed on September 27, 2012 after marathon summit between the two Presidents of South Sudan and North Sudan.
Panaruu Community seconded other agreements even if we have some reservations about the overall context and their future applications with the exception of security arrangements and Soft border agreement. Panaruu Community was first equally affected in numerous ways during the war, equally contributed during the war, and will be first affected if any eventuality takes place between South-North areas as it recently happened during the 10 days war of Panthou.
And because of these reasons, we strongly believe that Panaruu Community is equal stake holder like other border communities and they should not be ignored, but be included in any process so that workable, lasting and durable solutions be reached. Exclusive and discriminatory policies of the past should be avoided so that we live in a country that belongs to all of us, not theoretically, but in practicality. We therefore want the government of South Sudan under the leadership of Gen. President Salva Kiir Mayardit to be a government of people, by the people, and for the people. A government that listens to its citizens was a cause for the war that claimed millions of lives during the civil war. We cannot afford to live under political, economic, social, and cultural deprivation as it happened under former successive regimes of Khartoum before South Sudan become independent in July 2011.
Panaruu Community meeting resolved the followings:
Panaruu Community recommended the following: