ETHIOPIAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER URGES SOUTH SUDAN LEGISLATURE TO PROMOTE PEACE, TOLERANCE

ADDIS ABABA, May 16– Abadula Gemeda, the Speaker of the House of Peoples’ Representatives, the lower chamber of the Ethiopian Parliament, has urged the South Sudanese Parliament to extensively promote peace and tolerance among the different ethnic groups of the country in order to build the culture of solving challenges through dialogue rather than force.

He added during discussions with a visiting South Sudanese parliamentary delegation here Wednesday that the South Sudanese Parliament should play a critical role in resolving conflicts which have bedevilled the world’s youngest country.

The Parliament could discharge this responsibility by preparing forums for the South Sudanese people to create consensus on the need to solve conflicts peacefully and promote tolerance, he said, adding that holding roundtable discussions for all parties about conflict resolution, on the need to end violence and on living together despite differences, was another option.

Since the Parliament represent the people of South Sudan, it should stand for the rights and peace of the people, he stressed.

The leader of the South Sudan delegation, Dr. Luka K. Monoja, said Parliament would work hard to bring peace and stability to South Sudan. He added that the South Sudanese Parliament was keen to share best practices of the Ethiopian Parliament in promoting peace and tolerance.

He added that as Ethiopia is home to even more ethnic groups than South Sudan, the experience the delegation will gain in this regard from Ethiopia would help the members of Parliament play a key role in resolving the crisis in South Sudan, he said.

Luka thanked the Ethiopian government for the tireless efforts it had been exerting to bring peace and stability to South Sudan. — NNN-ENA

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