page http://channelingerik.com/wp-content/plugins/cleantalk-spam-protect/inc/cleantalk-users.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), see Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has welcomed the conclusion of Phase II of the South Sudan Peace Process, after two weeks of substantive consultations on a Declaration of Principle and a Framework for Political Dialogue towards National Reconciliation and Healing.
Dr. Nkosazana commended the IGAD Special Envoys, including its Chair, Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin, for their relentless efforts towards the resumption of the political negotiations and the progress they have achieved thus far.
“I in particular appreciate the progress made in finalizing the Agreement on the Declaration of Principles; there is now hope that the Parties will be able to sign this document at the resumption of the next phase of the talks, on 20 March 2014,” Nkosazana remarked.
She has reiterated AU’s full support to the envisaged deployment of an African stabilisation force led by IGAD, as proposed by the Mediation.
Nkosazana also welcomes the signing of the Implementation Modalities in support of the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities (CoH) on March 3, by the SPLM/A (in Opposition), which was signed by the Government of South Sudan on February 24.
As part of the implementation and consolidation of the CoH, the Chairperson of the Commission expressed AU’s support to the IGAD efforts.
“We look forward to the early deployment of the Monitoring and Verification Teams (MVTs), as well as to the finalisation of the work being done towards the deployment of the envisaged African force to protect the MVTs and contribute to the stabilization of the situation.”
She has reaffirmed AU’s commitment to continue working closely with IGAD and its Special Envoys to assist the South Sudanese parties in finding a consensual and comprehensive solution to the conflict in their country.
The Chairperson reminded the South Sudanese parties of the commitment they made to an all-inclusive dialogue and reconciliation process, with the aim of resolving the issues related to the current crisis and laying the foundation for lasting peace, security and stability in their country.