Ethiopia: PSC urges mutual trust among parties seeking peace in South Sudan

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has once again called upon parties to the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) to embrace mutual trust, put the interest of their country and its people above everything else and to scrupulously implement the Peace Agreement.

At its 616th meeting, held Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Council expressed serious concern over the outbreak of fighting that took place on 7 July 2016 in Juba, resulting in loss of lives, dire humanitarian crisis and other tragic consequences on civilians and strongly condemned human rights violations, including sexual violence against women and girls.

In a decision it adopted on the situation in South Sudan, the Council also called for necessary investigations to be carried out, in order to bring the perpetrators of the fighting to justice.

At the same session, the PSC commended the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for its continued leadership and unwavering commitment to the search for a sustainable resolution to the crisis in South Sudan.

“In this context, Council, welcomes the convening, on 5 August 2016, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, of the Second Extraordinary Summit of IGAD Plus on the situation in South Sudan and endorses the decisions contained in its communiqué,” the PSC said in a statement made available to PANA.

It recalled the Summit’s decision demanding “an urgent in-depth independent investigation by the AU on the fighting that took place in Juba and to identify those responsible with a view of ensuring that they are held accountable for their criminal acts.”

The Summit requested the AU Commission, in consultation with the United Nations, and building on existing regional and continental capabilities, to look into the best mechanisms for timely and effective action to address large scale mass atrocities in line with the relevant provisions of the Constitutive Act of the AU, the Protocol Establishing the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, and Chapter VIII of the UN Charter.

According to the statement, the PSC has commended “the sterling efforts, in very challenging circumstances, of the AU High Representative for South Sudan, former President Alpha Oumar Konare [of Mali] and the Chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), former President Festus Mogae [of Botswana] and continues to encourage them to persevere in their work in support of the peace efforts in South Sudan.”
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11 august 2016 18:42:51




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