Communities in South Sudan lauded for commitment to peace

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Hilde Johnson, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)

Communities in Jonglei State of South Sudan have been commended by the top UN official in the country for their commitment to peace.

This followed the conclusion of a peace conference this weekend where representatives of six main communities signed resolutions aimed at breaking the cycle of violence in South Sudan's largest state.

Charles Appel reports.

Hilde Johnson, who heads the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), described the outcome of the conference as "a new chapter" for sustainable peace.

Scores of people have been killed in recent inter-ethnic conflict between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities in Jonglei State.

In her address to the closing ceremony for the peace conference on Saturday, she said the meeting provided the communities the opportunity to say "No" to violence.

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit was among the more than 3,000 people who witnessed the signing of the peace resolutions, which took place in the state capital, Bor.

The six main communities in Jonglei State are the Dinka, Kachipo, Jie, Nuer, Anyuak and Murle.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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