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AU urges Gov’t, Opposition to improve security

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By Emmanuel Loro William

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 768th meeting held on the 26th April, 2018 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia on Tuesday released a Communiqué which strongly urged the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) and various armed movements to work towards an improved security situation in the country.

The AU further urged the parties to be committed towards finding lasting political solution in their country, especially given the fragility of the current political and security situation.

The Council also called on the parties to respect their commitments as outlined in the Ceasefire Agreement of December 2017 and called on  the parties to desist from using inflammatory language that potentially escalates tension amongst South Sudanese..

The AU council acknowledged with satisfaction the efforts deployed by multiple actors through different peace processes in finding lasting peace, including the HLRF launched by the IGAD, the National Dialogue launched by President Salva Kiir and the reunification of the SPLM party currently led by Uganda and Egypt.

The Council invited both Member States to coordinate to provide a briefing on the SPLM reunification process to understand the impact of the overall peace process and the council urged all stakeholders involved in  different processes to harmonize and coordinate their efforts with the view of converging such initiatives in order to achieve peace and security in the country;

The Council expresses grave concern over the deteriorating socio-economic and humanitarian situation in the country and called on all Member States and the international partners to genuinely provide support to the people of South Sudan to alleviate their suffering and assist the TGoNU to rebuild various Governmental institutions to ensure its stability, while coordinating and harmonizing their support with a view of ending the conflict and achieving peace.

The council further Commended the progress made in the deployment of the Regional Protection Force (RPF) for the protection of civilians and appealed to the TGoNU, UNMISS and the Troop Contributing Countries to finalise the outstanding processes as soon as possible in order to ensure the completion of the deployment of the RPF.

The Council called on the TGoNU and the UNMISS to develop and sustain a collaborative working environment to ensure that the RPF fulfills its mandate of protecting civilians under threat.

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