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South Sudan attained independence from Sudan on July 9 2011 after much bloodshed and destruction of unimaginable proportion of property.
Security is tight and women were last night spotted sweeping clean the streets of Juba ahead of celebrations due today.
Tutu urged the government of South Sudan to take peace as a must to give development a chance expressing hope to see South Sudan different next time.
Earlier reports said the Nobel Laureate and his team of elders will be meeting President Bashir in Khartoum after holding high level political meeting with the President of the Republic Salva Kiir Mayardit.
Desmond Tutu, who is heading the delegation of African elders, arrived in Juba on Friday after a brief meeting with the chief mediator of African Union High Implementation Panel at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia.
Briefing the press at Home and Away after a warm reception by the President of the Republic Salva Kiir Mayardit, Tutu said their presence in South Sudan is to work on how the two countries of Sudan and South Sudan can become viable states.
He stated that that there is nothing the two states can do to separate them from being neighbors. “Whether north and South Sudan want or not, they are going to remain two different states. Failure to embrace peace is going to be serious on both sides,” Tutu warned.
However, talks between Sudan and south Sudan resumed last week but reports indicate security agenda remains to be an obstacle.
Government spokesperson, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin commended the role played by the church saying much is needed especially during these hard times.
Dr Benjamin told Desmond Tutu that the government position with Khartoum is peace and creation of two viable states disclosing that President Bsshir is invited for the independence celebrations in Juba.
He as well acknowledged the challenges the government is going through but promised to deliver adequate services. He further appealed to the international friends to help in putting up a strong foundation for South Sudan as it matures.
Meanwhile, South Sudan Muslims and Christians have agreed to forget the past differences and work for the unity and development of country.
This pronouncement was made over the weekend during a workshop organized by Sudan Council of Churches on peaceful coexistence between Muslim and Christian communities in South Sudan.
Opening the workshop at the Star Hotel, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin said the meeting was encouraging and would support development in the country. He urged the two parties to translate this spirit of oneness so as to achieve real peace in the country.
However, Dr Benjamin also warned both Christians and Muslims not to use religion as a tool of conflict as is happening with al Qaeda in Baghdad and Timbuktu in Mali.
The representative of the Islamic Council in Couth Sudan, Dr Abdallah Deng Nhial assured that the Muslim community in South Sudan is for peace, unity and stability of the country.
On his part, the acting chairperson of Sudan Council of Churches, Rev. Hassan Wawoo urged the Muslim community not to fear for being the minority stressing that all are equal before God.
He as well advised the two communities not to say bad things of each other explaining that it will affect peace and development in the country.