AUPSC denounce violations of the ceasefire agreements in South Sudan

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Addis Ababa, 18 June 2014 (WIC) -The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) strongly denounced on Monday (June 16) the ongoing and “flagrant” violations of the ceasefire agreements signed by both parties as well as the atrocities and abuses committed by the two sides of the conflict against civilian population across South Sudan.

The Council also expressed its “deep” concern over the failure of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the SPLM/-A in opposition to live up to their pledges, expedite the peace process and stop the “senseless killing of innocent civilians.”
It “reiterates AU’s concern at the dire humanitarian situation prevailing in South Sudan.”

It stressed the need and imperative urgency for both parties to end the fighting, abide by the signed agreements, demonstrate the will to elevate the political process to a higher level, enlarge their cooperation with the AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan and abstain from any action that might undermine the quest for inclusive dialogue in a bid to deliver peace and stability to the people of South Sudan.
Based upon the recommendation of IGAD, the Council affirmed, its readiness “to immediately take targeted sanctions and other measures against any party that continues to undermine the search for a solution to the conflict and fails to honor its commitments.”

The Council welcomed with satisfaction the signing of 9th May Agreement to end the crisis in South Sudan, the release of political detainees and their engagement in the ongoing inclusive peace process, the convening of the multi-stakeholders symposium in Addis Ababa and the strides undertaken by the AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan in scrutinizing human rights violations, abuses and atrocities perpetrated during the violence.
The Council applauded Prime Minister Hailemariam of Ethiopia, current Chairperson of IGAD, as well as IGAD Special Envoys for their commitment and dedication in pursuing a genuine, inclusive and participatory dialogue to settle the dispute and bridge the differences prevailed between the two parties of the conflict.