Sudan: AU welcomes meeting to monitor, evaluate South Sudan peace agreement

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has welcomed the successful convening of a meeting of the Commission set up to implement a peace deal signed by the warring parties in South Sudan.

A press release by the AU received in Khartoum on Saturday said the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, welcomed the successful convening, in the South Sudan capital, Juba, on Friday of the inaugural meeting of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) established to oversee the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.

The release said Dr  Dlamini-Zuma expressed “deep appreciation” to the Chairperson of the JMEC, former President Festus Gontebanye Mogae of Botswana, for his commitment and efforts, which made it possible to commence the operations of the JMEC.

She was also quoted by the release as commending the South Sudanese parties that participated in the inaugural meeting, especially the Government and the leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-Former Detainees (SPLM-FDs).

The release said she encouraged all the South Sudanese parties which could not participate in the inaugural meeting, particularly the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) and other prominent personalities, to ensure that they attend subsequent meetings of the JMEC.  

“The Chairperson of the Commission appreciates the tireless efforts of the Chair of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the other leaders of the region, as well as of the member countries of the AU High Level ad-hoc Committee on South Sudan and the international partners, in support of the peace process in South Sudan, including the operationalization of the JMEC.”

Dr Dlamini-Zuma called on those parties to be supportive of JMEC, as the implementation of the Peace Agreement entered a critical stage.

The release said the Chairperson of the Commission urged the South Sudanese parties to abide by the commitments they had entered into under the Peace Agreement, including the permanent ceasefire.

Dlamini-Zuma reiterated the AU’s continued commitment, notably through the High Level ad-hoc Committee and the High Representative for South Sudan, to support the full and timely implementation of the Agreement.
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28 november 2015 18:17:44

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