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This op-ed, by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared on The Daily Beast.
South Sudan’s belligerents have signed a peace deal, but it is far from certain that the brutal 20-month civil war is over. If the next steps the parties take are simply to restore the status quo that existed before the war’s eruption, the odds are wildly in favor of a return to deadly conflict. However, if the implementation of the agreement is seen as a chance to restart the construction of a viable state in the world’s newest country, dismantling the violent kleptocracy that it’s become since independence in 2011, then South Sudan has a chance for peace.
Today, Not On Our Watch with its partner The Enough Project announce the launch of The Sentry, a new initiative seeking to dismantle the networks of perpetrators, facilitators, and enablers who fund and profit from Africa’s deadliest conflicts.
"A referendum on whether oil-rich southern Sudan breaks away to become Africa's newest nation is scheduled to take place in less than four months. But with negotiations between north and south stalled over border demarcation, and preparations for the vote lagging perilously behind, the likelihood of the referendum proceeding as planned appears slim."
"The referendum on independence for Southern Sudan is a 'ticking time bomb,' US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said."
"The commission organizing Southern Sudan’s referendum on independence set for Jan. 9 plans to start registering voters next month, a spokesman for the body said."
"US President Barack Obama will attend a UN-organized summit on Sudan on the margins of the UN General Assembly on September 24, US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said on Wednesday."
"South Sudan's parliament on Tuesday named as official leader of the opposition a member of the breakaway Sudan People's Liberation Movement-Democratic Change, an offshoot from the ruling SPLM party."