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S. Sudan says African Union inquiry found ’no evidence of genocide’

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July 29, 2015 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese government has welcomed and commended the African Union (AU) for releasing a report, which it said found no evidence of genocide committed in the country’s ongoing war and recommended the need for reconciliation.

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South Sudan’s foreign affairs minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin (Photo: Getty Images)

The AU commission of inquiry on South Sudan, chaired by ex-Nigerian president, Olusegun Obassanjo released on Friday its report into allegations of atrocities and human right abuses committed in the country during the initial start of the conflict.

According to the South Sudanese foreign affairs minister, Benjamin Marial, the AU report found no evidence of genocide, though misunderstanding within the leadership of ruling party (SPLM) over reforms sparked violence and subsequent loss of lives and properties.

"There was no evidence of genocide in the report. It reflected truth and reports about real events. As the government we welcomed it and assure our commitment to fully implement its recommendations, especially on the issues of peace and reconciliation”, Marial told Sudan Tribune Wednesday.

Marial was present at the AU Peace and Security Council meeting as representative of the South Sudanese government during which the report was released by the committee.

“The recommendations of the report are very clear. The outcome made it very clear that what happened in South Sudan was not genocide but it is the responsibility of the African to carry out proper investigation and come out with the findings reflective of their research and investigation”, he said.

OBAMA CALLS FOR END OF WAR

In his speech to the people of African on Tuesday at the headquarters of the African Union on Tuesday, Obama called to end wars in Africa. He mentioned the armed conflicts in Central African Republic, Mali, Sudan and South Sudan.

He further stressed on the urgent need to stop the inter-South Sudanese conflict and to hold account the perpetrators of atrocities in the youngest African nation.

"In South Sudan, the joy of independence has descended into the despair of violence," he said adding "And neither Mr. Kiir, nor Mr. Machar have shown, so far, any interest in sparing their people from this suffering, or reaching a political solution".

Obama further disclosed that he agreed with the IGAD and AU leaders that the warring parties must sign a peace agreement by 17 August and warned saying "because if they do not, I believe the international community must raise the costs of intransigence".

"And the world awaits the report of the AU Commission of Inquiry, because accountability for atrocities must be part of any lasting peace in Africa’s youngest nation," he stressed.

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  • 30 July 2015 07:06, by Hardlinner

    So where are foolish nuer who followed riek lies of genocide in juba that led to destrution and killing of innocent dinka civilians in bor, malakal and bentiu. Nuer should now know that riek can take any opportunity regardless of whether nuer die or not as longer as he get top leadership.

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    • 30 July 2015 07:26, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      killing Nuer children in the name of faked genocide will be the greatest guilt that these rebels commanders will live with a long time. The less than 500 Nuer killed in Juba by criminals can not possibly be use to wipe off the entire Nuer populations in the shadows of desire for vengeance. it is foolish,disingenous and those responsible should be punish when caught.

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      • 30 July 2015 07:35, by Mi diit

        Guys, it is not how we should call the killings that matters. Whether you call it genocide, massacre, mass killings, all lead to the same thing. And that is criminal Salva Kiir has killed thousands of innocent Nuer civilians in Juba. He will answer for this.

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        • 30 July 2015 07:58, by Panda Odhie

          MIIDIIT
          people are caution about the death of innocent Nueri in massive in front lines with false information that thousand of Nuer have been killed in Juba now the report has revealed the truth. Shame on you for let Nuers died for no reason but because i want to be president that you paint with killing of Nuer in Juba in order to get support ,shame shame shame on Riek and his disgruntle group.

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        • 30 July 2015 08:34, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          is it worth it? you lost people, power and respect for your over rated military victories of the past and you will never even get the top seat no matter how long you keep fighting for it.

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  • 30 July 2015 09:13, by dinkdong

    I think the finding is fair, because if they didn’t call the 1991 killing of civilians in Bor a genocide, then the killings of Nuer in Juba in 2013 shouldn’t be call a genocide.

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