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KHARTOUM - 13 Mar 2018

Refugees in Khartoum demand institutional reforms for peace

South Sudanese refugees in Sudan have called on the government to cease hostilities and institute reforms in the security and judicial sectors in the country.

The demand was made during consultations by the national dialogue subcommittee on refugees and international outreach which has been in the Sudanese capital Khartoum since last Tuesday.

Speaking to Radio Tamazuj on Monday, Kalisto Lado, the spokesman for the refugee’s committee said they held consultative meetings with the refugees in Khartoum for a week to find out their views on the ongoing war in South Sudan and possible avenues for peace.

"The refugees have called on the government to stop the war and make significant security and judicial reforms in order to avoid insecurity and the random killings throughout the country,” Lado said.

He revealed that the subcommittee was not able to visit refugees’ camps in and out of Khartoum because the Sudanese government denied them access.

"The Sudanese government prevented us from visiting the refugee camps and we had to follow its directives, so we held the meetings inside Khartoum, but it was well attended," he added.

Lado said these demands and recommendations will be presented at the general of National Dialogue conference expected to take place in May.

In a statement last week, the subcommittee said they would proceed to Ethiopia with the same mission; to consult South Sudanese refugees living there with the aim of ending the political crisis and communal violence through dialogue in the country.