Ethiopia: AU Commission, European Commission underline peace in African conflict areas

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Agreement  on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan must be fully implemented "as a necessary step to end the civil war and put the country on a new path of peace, security and development," said a joint communiqué issued here Thursday at the conclusion of the 8th College-to-College meeting between the African Union Commission and the European Commission.

The peace agreement was signed by the South Sudanese opposition and group of former detainees on the 17 August and by the government on 26 August 2015.

On Burundi, the two Commissions expressed their deep concern over the prevailing political situation, as well as the insecurity and violence persisting in the country.

According to the communiqué, they welcomed the swift launch of the inclusive inter-Burundian Dialogue facilitated by former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa on behalf of the East African Community (EAC), supported by the AU and the United Nations.

Regarding Somalia, the AUC and EC have condemned the terrorist attacks perpetrated against the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Somali civilians in the country and called for concerted efforts by the international community to assist the Somali Government to achieve its 'Vision 2016'.

On Mali, they also expressed deep concern over the security situation in the country and called for effective implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation to resolve the crisis in the northern part of the country as part of the overall effort to enhance peace and stability in the country.

Further on issues of peace and security, the communiqué said: "The Colleges reaffirmed their determination to reject and fight against impunity, bearing in mind the need for justice, peace and stability, while also enhancing political dialogue on international criminal justice, including the issue of universal jurisdiction, in the agreed fora between them.

"They further endeavoured to taking all necessary measures to end all forms of violence against women, including sexual exploitation, trafficking and harmful traditional practices within their respective mandates."

Also, they underscored the pertinence of strict zero tolerance policy on sexual abuse in all peacekeeping operations in the world and the importance that it is respected.
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07 april 2016 19:21:45

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