Nigeria: Buhari calls for peace in South Sudan

Abuja, Nigeria - (PANA)   - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday appealed for peace and calm in South Sudan.

"What is happening in South Sudan is extremely disturbing and it is a very dicey situation. The AU leadership has a crucial role in stabilizing the country and other African countries on the brink," the president told the African Union (AU) Envoy on Peace Fund, Dr. Donald Kaberuka at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

"What we can do urgently to stabilize South Sudan is very important as African leaders meet in Kigali, Rwanda,  this month and later in September at the UN," he added.

Buhari also assured Dr Kaberuka that Nigeria would fulfill its financial obligation to the AU, particularly on programmes and operations aimed at ensuring durable peace, stability and security on the continent.

President Buhari said supporting peace operations, under the auspices of the AU, in several countries affected by conflict, remains a foreign policy priority for his administration.

Despite competing priorities on security and the economic downturn in the country, the President affirmed that Nigeria would also play a central role in getting the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) to strengthen their support for crisis-prone African countries.

In his remarks, Dr Kaberuka said funding AU-led peace support operations, which had remained a challenge for member countries, was further compounded early this year when the EU cut by 20 per cent, its support to the AU Mission in Somalia.

Kaberuka said the AU summit in Kigali is expected to agree on a road-map of alternative financing for AU-led peace support operations, including a proposal for African nations to fund 25 per cent of the operations' budget while UN contributes the balance.
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11 july 2016 17:38:21

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