AU Summit Urges South Sudan to Peacefully-End Political Dispute

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Addis Ababa, 29 January 2014 (WIC) — The Africa Union executive council meeting, held in the Ethiopian capital Monday, has urged South Sudan's warring parties to peacefully end their political dispute.
The call comes days after delegations from South Sudan government and its rebels on Thursday signed a cessation of hostilities agreement seeking to end nearly six weeks of fighting in the country.
The security situations in South Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR) formed the main agenda of the meeting, mainly attended by African foreign affairs ministers.
Tedros Adhanom, the Ethiopian foreign minister described the situation in both South Sudan and CAR "very alarming," but congratulated the world youngest nation on its ceasefire deal.
"There is no justification for the continuation of the crises in both places even for a day," said Adhanom, also chairperson of the AU executive council.
"The current situation in South Sudan is a reflection of the challenges that face a post-conflict state and needs to be handled with a lot of wisdom and magnanimity," he added.
Participants at the summit further urged the two warring south Sudanese parties to show political commitment to end the crises and the suffering of tens of thousands of people.
"The South Sudanese political actors should rise above their individual interest to save the country from falling into the precipice," stressed the Ethiopian prime minister, as both parties continue trading accusation against each other of violating last week's agreement.
Also on the agenda at the two-day meeting are agriculture and food security issues.
While opening the summit, the chairperson of the AU Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said the summit would focus on reviewing security situations on the continent and devise mechanisms of handling its conflicts.
"The cost of conflicts and internal strife are too huge. We must therefore continue to create climates for peace and stability, including effective, democratic and accountable governance and institutions, and by ensuring development and shared prosperity", said Dlamini-Zuma. (allafrica.com)

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