December 15, 2011 (JUBA) – The vice president of South Sudan, Riek Machar, has called on the communities in Jonglei state to stop their violent conflicts.
Machar made the appeal on Thursday in Juba following reports that a revenge attack was under way against the Murle ethnic group, by Lou-Nuer and Greater Bor communities.
The cycle of violence in the state has intensified over the last six years resulting in the deaths of thousands of people every year, coupled with attacks from the forces of renegade George Athor.
He urged the Lou-Nuer and Dinka communities not to carry out revenge attacks against the Murle.
Machar urged “the people of Lou-Nuer, Twic East, Duk and Bor South not to move beyond their borders in trying to carry out revenge attack against the Murle community.”
Machar also called on the Murle community to release the children and women they abducted from the Lou-Nuer and Dinka communities.
He said the national government was consulting the state government to find ways to revive the reconciliatory processes among the communities.
He explained that the government will deploy more Sudan People’s Liberation Army troops and police forces to the volatile areas, to deter revenge attacks and create buffer zones between rival communities.