Tutu pleads for peace in South Sudan

2012-07-08 22:36

Juba - Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu on Sunday appealed for peace in troubled South Sudan, on the eve of the country's first anniversary.

Tutu was speaking to political, military and religious leaders from the world's youngest nation, where looming conflict with the rump state of Sudan and dim economic prospects cast a pall over celebrations.

"God wants to make South Sudan prosperous and peaceful," the 80-year-old archbishop emeritus said.

"Because of war, they say 40% of your people, four out of every ten, depend on food from outside," he said.

"We want to return to come again and celebrate your nationhood with you and see a South Sudan that grows its own food and is eradicating poverty and ignorance," Tutu added.

Landlocked South Sudan, which relies on the infrastructure of the north to export its oil, decided to stop pumping crude barely six months after becoming a state despite it almost being its only source of revenue.

Juba, still reeling from over half a century of civil war, was angered to see Khartoum siphoning off its crude after a row over pipeline fees.

"Your oil is not flowing, and it's not God that closed the pipes - it's war. Stop the war, and the oil will flow," Tutu said.

Tutu was on a visit with two other senior peace negotiators - Finland Martti Ahtisaari and Ireland's Mary Robinson. The trio were expected in Khartoum later.

  • Shaun McDermott - 2012-07-08 23:32

    Hey TUTU, have you forgotten the words of the Lord. people shall cry peace and sudden destruction shall come upon them.

      Jennifer - 2012-07-09 14:01

      TuTu TuTu everywhere for his opinions he must share but when it comes to ANC as quiet as mouse will TuTu be... It's time to pray against thievery to fight against moral bankruptcy to cry for the beloved country and where are you ? all talk talk talk and then some TEA!

  • Wilbert - 2012-07-08 23:46

    What is happening is South Sudan is truly tragic!

  • strauss.steven - 2012-07-09 03:41

    Tutu, pleit eeder vir vrede in SA. klim af van jou hoƫ troon en kyk wat gaan aan in die land pappa.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-07-09 03:52

    \The oil is not flowing-its not God that closed the pipes-its the war.Stop the war,the oil will flow\ powerful words from Nobel peace prize winner,a great thinker

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-09 08:31

      He is an idiot !

  • Ian - 2012-07-09 07:11

    ha ha ha, tut tut, with irish and finnish negotiators, sudan must be terrified, what a joke

  • anthonycharles.williams - 2012-07-09 07:45

    tutu forget Sudan, look at our education here in SA

  • rob.baggaley - 2012-07-09 08:31

    "Because of war, they say 40% of your people, four out of every ten, depend on food from outside," he said. Yet another African " success story " in the making.

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-07-09 09:20

    I heard Tutu on the radio calling the Sudanese thieves who steal the money that belongs to the people. Now I would like to hear him in person on the steps of parliament in Cape Town saying those words to his ANC cronies - does he have the courage and integrity to do so? I wonder whether he realizes that there is a lot more to clean up locally than elsewhere. Perhaps we should have a TRC with the ANC in the box to investigate its performance since they came into power. Might find a lot to cry over.

  • nico.brits.581 - 2012-07-10 00:28

    Tutu - ANC - paw on the bladder with the communist party Martti Athisaari - Social Democratic Party - Member of the socialist international Mary Robinson - 'Independent' candidate nominated by the Labour Party - Member of the socialist international and the Worker's Party - International Conference of Communist and Worker's Parties. Woe to the people of Sudan when these three gets their way.

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