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AU calls for end to escalating violence in South Sudan

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April 30, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) - The African Union (AU) has called on the South Sudan warring parties to desist from escalating violence in the East African nation.

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AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat (AU Photo)

In a statement issued Sunday, the AU Commission Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat, expressed "deep" concerns over the increasing military clashes in South Sudan, especially in the restive Upper Nile region.

The official specifically urged the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition and other armed movements in South Sudan to immediately desist from fighting, which continues to negatively impact on the security, safety and life of civilians in the country.

"The renewed fighting in South Sudan is a clear indication that the warring parties continue to believe in a military solution, fully disregarding the plight of innocent civilians which they claim to represent and defend," said Mahamat.

"The immediate consequences of the military clashes on the civilian population are shattering and therefore it should be understood that those engaging in this callous behaviour should be held accountable," he added.

The AU Commission chief further called on the coalition government and other warring parties to immediately cease hostilities and uphold their responsibilities to protect civilians as provided for in the country’s constitution and the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan

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  • 1 May 08:14, by Kuch

    Bring it on uncle; your own country of Chad, Nigeria, Algeria, Djibouti, ethiopia, South Africa, Rwanda, Burundi, Eritrea, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, thought; they can play games with us and our country! Fellows, be very careful. Get your rubbish from South Africa and here in South Sudan. We are going to bomb you fools and masters out of map.

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    • 1 May 09:03, by Malakal county Simon

      Kuch

      Stay stop confusions and stay away from South Sudan internal affairs.... All those countries you mentioned above are not enemies to South Sudan in fact they proof it when they help us to get our own independent and if you’re real South Sudanese you should that period!!!!

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    • 1 May 13:30, by kokura

      who ever you guys we don’t need help

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  • 1 May 08:40, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    Millitary solution is not the right way in solving any conflict we should cease from this brutal acts of hostility; and embrace the peaceful means of conflict resolution to avoid

    Further lost of innocent civilians and spare their dearest lives.we need to STOP this senseless wars

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  • 1 May 09:49, by Nuer bi Bay Dom

    Things become clear now.Dr.Machar was completed arrested by South Africa government.south sudan JCE govt give 450,000 USD to south africa govt to keep Machar in prison.it is clear it is clear.that is why now south africa govt is demanding 750,000 USD from south sudan to pay.

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  • 1 May 10:22, by Garang Akeen Tong

    @AU should know that peace agreement is already implemented, and current war is a war of one person (RIAK MACHAR) to become first vice president or become country president, don,t generalise warring parties.

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    • 1 May 11:39, by jubaone

      Garang Akeen,
      Well, good luck, so why should AU talk of war? Riak and his IO are not part of this dead agreement and so he is not the right person to talk to. Ask Taban Gai, maybe he can go to Pagak and ask Riak´s supporters what the problem is. There is no fighting except the IO is just chasing a few hungry nyors who are out for a looting, raping and killing spree. That´s it.

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      • 1 May 12:52, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Jubaone, bro. I don,t know that you IO are fighting for Riak Machar seat, I though you are fighting for reform, if its cases of him Riak, then dig your own grave and prepare to face mighty SPLA, we go. Lion is buszy ,

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  • 1 May 13:12, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Jubaone, those who loot, rape and kills civilian are not SPLA by then, but rebel who don,t know single war regulation, they haven,t capacity to face SPLA but they do kill civilian and deny it, our mandate is very clear to protect south sudan territory, civilian and theirs properties

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    • 1 May 13:56, by jubaone

      Garang Aken,
      Ofcourse the true SPLA we know are disciplined and not a bunch of illiterate luakjiengs or nyors who have nothing to do w the 21 yrs of struggle. These young men in their 20s are just primitive village jienges who have dressed in army uniform and sent to be killed or kill. They are just savages and so the IO must not even waste time taking them as PoW. Just wipe them out. Period.

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