AU Commission chair says peace deal still exists in South Sudan

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The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mohamat, said the signed peace deal in South Sudan still exists but it faces difficulties in implementation, while urging for the deployment of the regional protection force in Juba.

Moussa, who concluded his two-day visit to South Sudan on Monday, made these remarks during a press conference at Juba Airport.

However, the AU official said the international community is trying to help South Sudan to implement the 2015 peace agreement. He stressed that there is no military solution for the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

Moussa pointed out that the African Union welcomes the dialogue initiative called for by President Salva Kiir in December last year.

“Initiating the national dialogue it has to be transparent and inclusive, and also for proclaiming ceasefire that will create necessary conditions for the deployment of the regional protection force so that peace and stability can prevail in the country,” he said.

For his part, Martin Elia Lomuro, South Sudan’s Cabinet Minister, reiterated his government’s commitment to hold an inclusive national dialogue in South Sudan.

“We know that there are top 14 commanders of regional protection force are already in the country”, he said. “We are going to do everything possible including the clearance of the goods and armament necessary for the regional protection force to come in,” said Lomuro.

©Alleastafrica and Radio Tamazuj

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  1. Subject: “AU Commission chair says peace deal still exists in South Sudan”, Mar 28, 2017

    Commentary, 28 Mar 2017 YES, ” peace deal still exists in South Sudan” but in an illusory form. For that matter, we may appease our senses that peace in Continental Africa “still exists” but the realization of its practical reality is beyond us. In the mean time, everything goes as ‘YESTERDAY’ and noble bureaucrats will keep on going tooting that peace, tranquility, prosperity…”still exists” in Africa. The Honourable Chairperson diplomatically “…stressed that there is no military solution for the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.” In layman’s language, it means ‘STOP FIGHTING”. But we can’t. Why? It is a complex subject for African Intellectuals to study the anthropological natural of African societies.

    The good Chairperson also>>>QUOTE: “pointed out that the African Union welcomes the dialogue initiative called for by President Salva Kiir in December last year”. UNQUOTE. We are left scratching our heads on that statement! First and foremost, what else can a Diplomat say other than welcoming the so-called dialogue? Second, if Salva Kiir means what he says then we are in a different planet. Like all African dictators, he proved to be exact replica of his brethren. For the Chairperson to take Kiir’s words at face value is to remind us of a British Diplomat before Word War II broke out. The innocent Diplomat (uncharacteristic of a British) coming back home, from a meeting with Hitler, waiving a piece of paper at the airport terminal, declared with pride that peace is assured!!! Instead, World War II broke out and “over sixty million”[Google] Souls perished and Europe was devastated. I don’t know if that history is a ‘solace’ (psychoanalytically speaking) to African Diplomats of the 21st Century.

    Anyway, let us see the following words enunciated by the Chairperson, no doubt with pride: “Initiating the national dialogue it has to be transparent and inclusive, and also for proclaiming ceasefire that will create necessary conditions for the deployment of the regional protection force so that peace and stability can prevail in the country,” In practical terms, what the those 39-words of advice convey: a) have a dialogue; b) stop fighting; and c) create peace. Let us be honest: we have already heard those nice words a million times.

    So, where do go from here? We can’t rely on the African Union because the organization is really a representative of the African Dictators. We can’t go to the UN because that organization can only come forward with alms after the people lose their humanity, dignity and starved to death (it is boldly called “Humanitarian” gesture!).

    Where do we then go? We search INTO OURSELVES. WE hold African Intellectuals of the highest educational level to be responsive, get together, analyze the deep problem of Africa and come-up with a blueprint for the development of Africa. Note: It is estimated that there are more than twenty thousand (20,000) African Intellectuals of the Highest Order [Doctor of Philosophy (PH D) Level], attained from Ivy League Universities of the Western World. What more of education do they want to come to the rescue of their own African people in the “hour” of utmost need? With hidden wonderment, one is forced to think the unthinkable that perhaps the so-called “educated” African elites are not really capable of converting their bookish theoretical knowledge for the benefit of the backward people of their own African Race. In short, they may NOT have IT!!! In that shocking scenario, Africa would then be openly occupied by those seeking for SPACE and unlimited natural resources. Look around; be honest; and admit that the trend is already taking place. The beginning of open END …..”CRY, MY BELOVED AFRICA.”

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