South Sudan

AU Boss Speaks out on South Sudan Crisis


page geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma told the 25th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council this week in Equatorial Guinea they should give their all to ensure that stability returns to the youngest nation in the world.

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“IGAD, the African Union, and the international community remain seized with these matters. We must continue to work tirelessly for the ceasefire fire in South Sudan to hold and for the violence in CAR to stop,” said Nkosazana.

“We urge all parties to help create the conditions for peace, reconciliation and development; so that the people can bury and mourn their dead, can rebuild their lives, plough their fields and heal their communities,” she added.

It is anticipated that during this Summit, the war in South Sudan where rebels have boycotted peace talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will take centre stage.

President Museveni, who arrived in Malabo on Wednesday, will today chair the opening session of the Peace and Security Council at the level of Heads of State and Government to commemorate AU’s 10th Anniversary.

Uganda maintains elite combat units in South Sudan to maintain a buffer zone between government forces and the rebels.

IGAD recently directed that President Salva Kiir and his rival Dr Riek Machar should form a transitional government by mid-August which is no likely to happen, given the mistrust among the rival parties.

AU leaders are likely to pile pressure on Kiir and Machar to expedite the formation of an inclusive and transitional government as one way of ending the six-month conflict that has left thousands dead and many more displaced.

Meanwhile, Nkosazana strongly condemned the acts of terrorism against Kenya and Nigeria, and the killing and kidnapping of innocent civilians.

“Unless we work with the governments to stem this tide, we are all vulnerable because terrorism, extremism and intolerance endanger Africa’s march towards prosperity, peace and integration,” she noted.

Hosted by the President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the Summit is being held under the theme “Agriculture and Food Security”, the main topic for the year 2014.


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