AU delegation meets National Dialogue Committee
The Co-chair of the National Dialogue Steering Committee, Angelo Beda (centre) with members of the AU Peace and Security Council (photo by Manyuon Mayen Manyuon):
By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon
The African Union Peace and Security Council team yesterday met the Steering Committee of the National Dialogue to seek for more information about the progress of the initiative launched by the President last year.
Speaking to the press after the meeting, the Co-Chair of the National Dialogue, Angelo Beda said the AU Peace and Security Council members visited the National Dialogue to find out how it was working.
“They have come to get from us how the National Dialogue is going about to bring peace and tranquility to South Sudan following what had happened to our country since 2013,” Mr. Beda said. As National Dialogue, we have briefed them about our development in our work and what was going on in the National Dialogue Steering Committee.”
He revealed that the team was briefed about the three stages of the National Dialogue.
Mr. Beda said the AU Peace and Security Council members were also informed about the fifteen committees and how they were formed to reach all the areas across the country. He added that AU was also told about the three committees that went to diaspora to meet the refugees, revealing that they are working well in terms of consultation.
Bankole Adeoye, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the African Union and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, who led the delegation, said they were in the country to show solidarity with the people and government.
“We want to show solidarity to the people of South Sudan hoping that in the next HLRF the agreement will be signed,” ambassador Adeoye said.
He said that the National Dialogue process was believed to be complementary to the High Level Revitalization Forum that is taking place in Addis Ababa which makes it important for the Peace and Security Council of the AU.
“We believe that it is essential, thus, all the parties, stakeholders, women and children should be part of it since it is inclusive and hopeful as a means to bring peace to the people of South Sudan,” he said. “We really want to continue to pray for peace in the country, Amb. Adeoye added.
He reiterated that AU was fully supporting the National Dialogue process.
“It is the only way we can achieve peace, dialogue and swift around the change. It is necessary to forget all our differences and look for ways to alleviate suffering of the people in terms of the refugees, IDPs and those who are in exile,” ambassador Adeoye added.
He said South Sudan could not be left behind because of the conflict in the country.
“AU cannot be bystander when people are suffering. We cannot be observers but must be active participants as the purpose of the full mission by the peace and Security Council,” he said.
He appealed to the warring parties to remain committed to the peace agreement and its implementation modalities.
“Though implementation is critical, all parties should respect the agreement which was signed in 2015 and revitalization process to make peace and development a purpose of everyone in South Sudan,” Amb. Adeoye stressed.
He appreciated the National Dialogue committee for their efforts in trying to reconcile people, promote unity and showing that the country was focusing on sustainable development.