Ethiopia: AU seeks unity govt. in S/Sudan

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) called for the formation of a unity government for South Sudan at the start of a ministerial meeting on Wednesday to fine-tune an agenda for the African leaders meeting this week in Ethiopia, PANA reported.

Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, who chairs the Executive Council, the AU's organ that makes decisions for consideration by the AU Heads of State Assembly, said in Addis Ababa that South Sudan had shown encouraging developments in 2015, but still needed to fully implement peace agreement.

“We urge our brothers and sisters in that country to press on with the implementation of the said agreement,” Mumbengegwi told ministers during the Executive Council meeting. “They must move towards the full actualization of Vision 2016, a blueprint outlining the path to be followed to restore normalcy.”

The South Sudanese former rebels under the leadership of Riek Machar, the leader of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement-Opposition and President Salva Kiir have not been able to actualize the formation of a unity government for South Sudan since the signing of an agreement in August 2015.

Machar said after the failure to create the government as required by the treaty, a new deadline "would impose itself" but insisted his side would not consider bending the rules to accommodate President Kiir's demands for more states.

Machar said accepting the new states would be equal to accepting the violation of the peace treaty at the very start of the implementation process of the agreement.

The South Sudanese leaders are in dispute over the creation of 28 new states, which the opposition opposes.
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27 janvier 2016 22:26:07

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