AU Commission chair says peace deal still exists in South Sudan

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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