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AU Calls for International Support to Keep South Sudan’s Deal Unbroken


Michael Melkamu - 7Dnews Addis Ababa

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 18:33 GMT

The African Union Commission has called on the international community to increase their support to keep the fragile peace deal between South Sudanese forces intact.

Briefing journalists on Monday February 11th, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Ismail Chergui said guns are quiet in South Sudan after all concerned parties came to an agreement though “support for the implementation of the agreement remains a challenge.”

The people of South Sudan celebrated a new peace deal in October last year with fervent hopes of an end to a conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people since conflict erupted between government and opposition forces five years ago.

The deal, which is meant to end a civil war that began in 2013, commits forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and the rebel groups fighting them to sharing power.

“We are appealing to the international community to support the implementations of the latest agreement. If the concerned forces don’t find the means to feed their troops, the later might be tempted to loot the property of others. Hence as a preventive mechanism it is really urgent that they put the necessary support in place to realise all the agreements that are in place,” Chergui said.

According to the commissioner, all armed groups in South Sudan have stopped military actions or violence apart from some incidents as groups move from one place to another. Otherwise, overall, conflicting parties in South Sudan have respected the ceasefire agreement.

The commissioner also made an appeal to all South Sudanese parties in conflict and the region to mobilise resources so that the violence will not be break out again, referring to the fact that the previous violence caused serious human suffering and property damage.

The commissioner also called on all institutions in the country to work for the same cause to serve their people.
“I think the government will put up some money but not enough and IGAD is actively supporting the peace process but the support of the international community is crucial,” Chergui added.