South Sudan

AU Moves To Sanction South Sudan

stomach sans-serif;”>In the Report of the Chairperson of the Commission on the situation in South Sudan: 411th meeting of the Peace and Security Council held in Banjul, patient The Gambia, see on December 30, 2013, the AU commission chairperson, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, brought the idea before the council for deliberation.

“Two and a half years ago, the AU welcomed the new nation of South Sudan into its ranks, with high expectations that this new country would become a beacon of peace, prosperity and hope,” she notes in her report.

“I am profoundly dismayed at the recent turn of events which puts at risk countless human lives and jeopardises the fundamental viability of the south Sudanese nation, with far-reaching consequences for regional peace, security and stability.”

She thus urged the council to “take appropriate measures, including targeted sanctions, against all those who incite violence that undermines the envisaged inclusive dialogue”.

Dlamini-Zuma further explains that she is “particularly concerned that the current dynamic could evolve towards inter-ethnic war, which threatens to further escalate the conflict and transform what was initially a political dispute into an exceptionally destructive conflict that would put in danger the very existence of the South Sudanese nation”.

She thus advised the South Sudanese stakeholders to be fully cognizant of these perils and their responsibilities to save their young nation.

Dlamini-Zuma is also deeply alarmed by the deteriorating humanitarian situation that has already inflicted untold suffering on the civilian population, including killings, egregious violations of human rights and massive forced displacement.

“I strongly condemn the attacks against innocent civilians, including the targeting of ethnic groups and other communities, as well as other violations of human rights, notably against women, children and other vulnerable groups.”

She reiterated the AU’s call on all stakeholders to act from a sense of patriotism and responsibility towards the entire community of South Sudanese.

“Once again, I appeal for an immediate cessation of hostilities, as a sign of commitment by all concerned to the well-being of the people of South Sudan.”

A section of her report reads:

I also would like to stress the urgent imperative of an inclusive dialogue among all concerned stakeholders based on the rejection of the use of force, respect for human rights and dignity, the rule of law and constitutional legality.

I welcome the expressed commitment of President Salva Kiir Mayardit unconditionally to engage into dialogue, and encourage all concerned to take steps to create conditions for a successful dialogue.

I reiterate AU’s appreciation to IGAD and to its Chair, Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn of Ethiopia, for their sustained efforts and commitment, and welcome the communiqué issued by the 23rd Extraordinary Summit of IGAD.

I encourage IGAD to pursue its efforts and assure it of AU’s support and readiness to contribute further to the search for a lasting solution, including through the AUHIP.

I urge all international stakeholders to fully support the IGAD-led efforts, including by using in a coordinated manner their influence with South Sudan political leaders to bring an end to the violence and initiate reconciliation.

Latest developments

Today morning, the Nuer White Army marched onto Bor town and captured it from the SPLA.

This contravenes the IGAD decree on the ceasefire and the call by President Yoweri Museveni on Riek Machar to honour the dialogue or face military defeat.

IGAD’s four-day ultimatum has expired today, the same day that Machar’s militias have engaged and taken Jonglei state.

We shall keep updating you as events unfold.


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