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Ongoing crisis bad for S. Sudan’s EAC aspirations: official

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December 20, 2013 (KAMPALA) - The East African Community (EAC) has said the crisis in South Sudan does not ‘‘augur well’’ for the country’s aspirations to join the bloc.

South Sudan applied to join the East African Community shortly after attaining independence from South Sudan in July 2011.

‘‘The current internal crisis in South Sudan does not augur well with its bid for membership in the Community,’’ said the EAC Secretary General Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera in a statement on Thursday.

Sezibera said the rule of law is one of the conditions that member countries of the EAC should meet.

‘‘The matters to be taken into account by the Partner States in considering the application by a foreign country to become a member of, be associated with, or participate in any of the activities of the Community, shall include that foreign country’s adherence to universally acceptable principles of good governance, democracy, the rule of law, observance of human rights and social justice,’’ the EAC statement said.

The implication for South Sudan is that if the current crisis in the country persists it could be used as a ground to deny it entry into the bloc.

Already in November a group of Ugandan traders opposed to South Sudan’s entry into the East African Community (EAC) filed a case in the in the East African Court of Justice among others arguing that South Sudan does not meet the conditions for admission.

The EAC is a regional intergovernmental organisation with headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. The body comprises of Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Uganda.

The community provides a potential market of 140 million to its members and possibilities of sharing regional infrastructure such as roads, railway lines, ports and even oil pipelines.

At summit in Kampala in November members received a progress report on South Sudan’s application. An announcement on the country application is expected in 2014.

(ST)

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  • 21 December 2013 07:35, by Kenyan the cushite

    in 3 years EA will have singke passport and soon single currency. this will enable all east africans to live in one region and have freedom of movement and one justice and pilitical system. it will increase investment

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    • 21 December 2013 11:25, by Bentiu son

      Dinkas had cowardice murdered 4000 Nuer civilians in Juba n are killing Nuer in BEG region.I heard yesterday night they murdered 500 Nuer trainees in Mapel County of W.BEG cowardly. Hw comes u killed your trainees soldiers in their training camp? RIP Col Bang Gai with your bodyguards, we are coming to compensate u soon than later.Under Kiir, RSS won’t come together again loool

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  • 21 December 2013 11:40, by Bentiu son

    EAC,UNSC,IGADD,UN General Assemblies should first question Uganda President dictator Yoweri Museveni who had got deadly hands on current crisis in RSS.Musevei brought his troops yesterday n today bombed Bor Town under Dr Machar’s loyalist soldiers which is violation of SS sovereignty n its integrity.It is obvious now that Museveni is the President of both countries Uganda n South Sudan.Kiir is pup

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  • 22 December 2013 09:05, by Ambago

    South Sudan is not a part of EAC yet, and by the look of it, the country will not qualify to join this regional body, then can Museveni pack his UPDF miniseries and leave South Sudanese alone to sort out their internal mess?!!

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