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RENK AND AWEIL - 3 Oct 2015

Two South Sudan states confirm receiving copies of Compromise Peace Agreement

Officials from Upper Nile and Northern Bahr el Ghazal states say they  received copies of the Compromise Peace Agreement from the national government, while officials in other states have not.

Earlier this week Eastern Equatoria State Minister Mark Okia told Radio Tamazuj that Torit had yet to receive any copy of the agreement, over a month after it was signed.

Upper Nile state Minister of Information Yhor Akech confirmed they officially received copies of the agreement from Juba and are able to speak to their citizens regarding peace implementation and the government's reservations.

“Yes as officials there are some who have received copies of the agreement while others did not," he said. "We know very well those who were making the agreement do not want to disseminate the agreement."

Yhor said the people of South Sudanese ave been suffering and have a right to see the peace agreement.

"We should have it," he continued. "Maybe that way it may bring us back together toward peace."

He said copies of the agreement should be distributed to the community organizations to bring the peace deal to the people. 

"When CPA was signed there were committees formed to disseminate the agreement," he said. “It is impossible for us as the government to speak with the public without having the copies of the agreement. We cannot talk to public before reading the agreement."

Northern Bahr el Ghazal State Minister of Information Angelo Akech Akeen also confirmed to have received official copies of the agreement from Juba.

“Yes, we have received the copies from caretaker governor Akot Deng that was given to him by the president when he take oath of office before president of republic of South Sudan after his appointment,” he said

Akech said they are preparing to move to every county in order to tell people in different areas of Northern Bahr el Ghazal State about peace agreement.