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AU peace and security team in S. Sudan for peace

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April 15, 2018 (JUBA) – An African Union (AU) delegation are a five-day visit to South Sudan to urge South Sudanese parties to commit to the resolution of the civil war that erupted in mid-December 2013.

The delegation of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) is led by Bankole Adeoye, permanent representative of Nigeria and chairperson of the PSC for this month, the AU said in a statement.

The PSC mission followed the visit by the chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, to South Africa, where he met South Sudan opposition leader, Riek Machar.

The PSC delegation, the AU said, is expected to interact with all South Sudanese stakeholders, African and international actors, to assess the challenges that are still impeding the implementation of the 2015 agreement on the resolution of the South Sudan conflict.

Deeply concerned by the humanitarian situation in South Sudan, the PSC delegation will visit the city of Malakal as part of its field mission.

The Nigerian embassy in Ethiopia said the field mission is taking place in the context of expressing the solidarity and total support of the African Union towards finding lasting peace in war-torn South Sudan.

The embassy, in a statement, further said the AU delegation visiting South Sudan will pay special attention to adequate response and solutions to the humanitarian situation in a country where estimated millions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees in neighbouring countries are in urgent need of life-saving assistance.

It also added that the PSC will also endeavour to find solutions to the political and unfolding economic challenges, while engaging the government and opposition parties along with the civil society.

“In particular, the PSC is expected to call on all parties to adhere to the provisions of the cessation of hostilities agreement signed on 21 December 2017 in Addis Ababa and witnessed by Nigeria and other member states on the AU high level ad hoc committee on South Sudan,” partly reads the embassy statement.

“The field mission will further take stock of the outcome of the two phases of the IGAD led High Level Revitalization Forum under the auspices of the regional economic community Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) so far held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in December 2017 and February 2018,” it further stressed.

South Sudan has been mired in conflict between the government of President Salva Kiir and rebels led by Machar, the country’s former first vice-president since mid-December 2013. The conflict has killed tens of thousands and displaced almost over 2 million people from their homes, including over a million refugees who have fled into neighbouring nations.

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  • 16 April 12:30, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    To what extend will the visiting of African Union delegation have on the innocents suffering civilian? What message will they give to these internal displaced refugee since they are the only hope that people of South Sudan have relied upon to bring peace! All eyes on you guys you have to do what is good for these suffering innocent civilians

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    • 16 April 14:10, by Midit Mitot

      Your team being lead by Nigerian shit!! those guys are so crook, business minded people, don,t rely on their fake visit.

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  • 16 April 13:27, by Lenin Bull

    AU visit by Nigerian jujus will resolve anything. South Sudanese should understand each other, take their future destiny into their own hands and keep the country in peace, development, and progress and democracy. War-monger mentality must go.

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  • 16 April 13:31, by Lenin Bull

    It was " Garang must go" in 1990s and thousands died in this ugly call with no good reason at all. Now it is " Kiir must go" with many thousands dying for no reason at all except by a stupid war-monger mad man called Riek Machar! Riek must be a vampire!

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  • 16 April 15:36, by Theallseeingeye

    Lenin Bull

    You keep your Kiir and I keep my Riak and we remain in a dead lock, or else, we let both go on the third count and have peace, development and progress. because its neither Dinka mother nor my non-Dinka father who gave birth to this country, this "we liberate you bullshit" go preach it in the luaks there to mobilize for more idiot Dinka youth for another senseless war not for us.

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    • 16 April 18:36, by Eastern

      How I wish [it] the animal understood what you have just said.....?! They are stuck on Kiir when most of them are already dying of hunger!

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      • 17 April 08:22, by South South

        Eastern,

        The only animal people we know in South Sudan are those who enjoy monkey poop and rats. You now know war is not an easy thing and you cannot advance any wicked agenda. Go back to the table and make your concerns clear, we may look at them and if they are good for South Sudan, we may listen to you, but wicked things are to be kept with you in a bush or refugee camp.

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