Via Anglican Communion News Service

The South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) has encouraged all parties to sign the “Proposed Compromise Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.”

The proposed agreement was presented by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and urges an end to the nation’s conflicts.

In a statement issued Aug. 8, Christian leaders from the SSCC and the World Council of Churches pushed for stronger peace initiatives in the country after a meeting held during the last week of July in Juba.

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“We have consistently called for an immediate and unconditional end to the fighting. The war must stop immediately,” said the South Sudanese church leaders in their statement. “There is no moral justification for this senseless war. It is unacceptable that people continue to kill and be killed while leaders argue over power, positions and percentage.”

The Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, the WCC’s general secretary, has expressed his strong support of the SSCC statement. “Their plea must be heard now,” he said. “They speak on behalf of a whole nation which is in a severe crisis. God loves every citizen. Now is the time to stop this senseless killing.”

Image: A girl in a school class in the Gendrassa refugee camp in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State. • Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

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