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AU chief visits Juba, urges immediate end to hostilities

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January 20, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) - African Union commission chief Nkozasana Dlamini Zuma, during a short visit to Juba on Monday, urged the South Sudanese president Salva Kiir and rebels to cease hostilities and to sign a negotiated agreement.

Dlamini Zuma met with Salva Kiir and the 11 political detainees at their detention venue to encourage the two parties to swiftly end the one-month fighting which killed thousands of civilians and forced over 500,000 people to flee their home.

"In her remarks to both parties, the Chairperson insisted on the urgency for them to sign an agreement on the cessation of hostilities, so as to stop the senseless killings taking place in South Sudan and end the humanitarian tragedy unfolding in their country", reads a statement released at the end of the one day visit.

The South African diplomat said the detainees are favourable for an immediate and unconditional signing of a cessation of hostilities agreement "emphasizing that no condition could morally justify the continued senseless killing of fellow South Sudanese people".

The IGAD leaders are to meet Thursday in Juba to discuss the conflict and convince president Salva Kiir to release the SPLM leaders arrested since one month ago to negotiate a peaceful settlement of the conflict with them.

The two warring parties also agreed with the visiting AU chairperson on the need for accountability on atrocities committed against civilians and supported the establishment of a commission of inquiry as it was decided by the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC).

The PSC in a meeting held at the level of head of states and governments in the Gambian capital, Banjul, on 30 December 2013 decided to form an ad hoc commission to address the human rights violations and "to identify the factors that are needed to strengthen the institutions of their young nation, while providing reconciliation and healing opportunities to its diverse people and ensure sustainable peace".

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  • 21 January 2014 09:11, by omoni jr.

    Mrs, Zuma,
    Tell ribal leader to step down like your former Boss Mbeki.
    THere is NO ceassation of hostilities until we dislodge the Dinka chief who installed himself as the president of this beautful nation.

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    • 21 January 2014 10:36, by Wicdail

      Omoniji,
      He is too ugly, too primitive, too corrupts and too tribal to be a president of this beautiful nation as you said. Zuma and her associate will never tell this rhino to step down to give peace a chance, because they benefit a lot from his leadership weakness as you can see from M7 dragging his foot into RSS affairs.

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    • 21 January 2014 10:56, by kuac Agol

      OMONI, YOUR PEOPLE DETAINED WOULD NEVER MAKE SIGNING OF THE CEASSATION OF HOSTILITIES FAVOURABLE AT ALL, TO ME THESE RE THE PEOPLE WHO TRIED BY THEIR LIMITED POWER TO PUSH S.SUDAN BACKWARD LET THEM ENJOY THE FRUIT OF THIER STRUGGLE BY STAYING IN THE CELL, IT IS THE BED THAT THEY MADE SO THEY SOULD KEEP ON LYING ON IT, IT IS VERY SOFT, RIAK WILL SOON JOIN THEM WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND

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    • 21 January 2014 12:22, by Johndumo14

      Dr. Riek Machar said Uganda fighter jets have tried to kill him and his commanders.
      Riek Machar begins, to cry now,but what is the meaning of war? Kiir and M7 will not rest until you are arested or killed blieve me or not,Iam sure by this time you are sick with malaria or planning to run to Khartoum. From good life to Jungle life,there is a lot of sickness in S.Sudan Jungles.
      Your days are num...

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    • 21 January 2014 16:05, by Marco A. Wek

      Omini or rotten onion, tribal leader is your uncle Riek Machar whose fighters are only from his tribe. Your looters and their commanding leader evil Riek will always be out cast.

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  • 21 January 2014 13:26, by hamil

    Its apparently clear that even if Barack Obama visits South Sudan and tells Kiir to stop the violence he brought upon this Nation; the animal won’t listen to him he simply wanted to scare off his political rivals to delay 2015 elections knowing he won’t win or just to silence his opponents not to challenge him. The coup claim was a well planned move to cause violence and stop the elections of 2015

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  • 22 January 2014 02:27, by jongatong

    To release the political detainees, i don’t think so. Should Mr. President release them than he’s against civil population of South Sudan. All these politician get thirtify with their corrupted money of ignoring government plan for development and convert money into their accounts. So, they decided to killed their own citizens and God is very close to them and watching at them and they will one da

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