AUC Chairperson pays a visit to Juba (Jan 21, 2014)

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Addis Ababa, 21 January 2014 (WIC) - The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Dr Nkozasana Dlamini Zuma, paid a one day official visit to Juba, South Sudan on Monday (January 20).
During her visit, the Chairperson met with the President Salva Kiir, as well as with the detainees.
In her remarks to both parties, the Chairperson insisted on the urgency to sign an agreement on the cessation of hostilities, in order to put a stop to the killings and end the humanitarian crisis in the country.
Dr. Dlamini Zuma recalled the decision of the AU Peace and Security Council, meeting at the level of Heads of State and Government in Banjul, to request the Chairperson of the Commission to establish a Commission of Inquiry into recent events in South Sudan.
The Chairperson stressed that the objectives of the Commission of Inquiry will be to address the plight of the victims of human rights violations and to assist the Government and people of South Sudan to identify factors needed to strengthen the institutions of the nation, while providing reconciliation and healing opportunities, and help ensure sustainable peace.
According to a statement from the AU, the parties agreed the fundamental issue in South Sudan was a political problem within the ruling part. This required a political not a military solution.
They also agreed on the urgent need to sign an immediate and unconditional cessation of hostilities agreement to stop the killing and suffering of the people.
In this regard, the detainees reiterated their position that their release should not be used as a pre-condition for a cessation of hostilities agreement.
They emphasized that no conditions could morally justify continued senseless killing of fellow South Sudanese. Both parties also agreed on the need to address the issue of accountability.
They supported the establishment of the Commission of Inquiry on the terms described by the AU Commission Chairperson, and undertook to collaborate with it.
Both parties welcomed the Chairperson’s visit and encouraged the AU to continue to work closely with the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, with a view to finding a lasting solution to the ongoing crisis.

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