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    Ethiopia-South Sudan-Conflict

    AU ‘impatient’ with South Sudan's belligerents

    APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

    AU Commission Chairperson, Mousa Faki Mahamat said the African Union and its member states can no longer wait for belligerents of the conflict in South Sudan to clean up their act.

    His remark came on Tuesday at the ongoing high-level forum in Ethiopia’s capital where talks have been underway since Monday to restore the permanent ceasefire, implement the peace deal and reach an agreement holding democratic elections in South Sudan.

    He said about 1.2 million South Sudanese are displaced due to the protracted civil war in the world’s youngest nation with 85 percent of victims being women and children.

    “It is more than high time to live up to your promises to your fellow South Sudanese” the AUC chairperson said, urging representatives of the government and main opposition groups, and unarmed political forces as well as civic, youth and women's associations.

    “Strong and determined political will and act as per the agreed and achieved results of the peace process would close the very sad chapter of South Sudan in no time”, Mahamat added.

    IGAD Council of Ministers Chairperson Workneh Gebeyehou said the South Sudanese warring sides must think of the people they represent not individuals that strive to clinch power.

    The Chairperson stressed that this is the very last chance to move forward and achieve peace in South Sudan.

    South Sudanese have had numerous opportunities to change course and failed repeatedly, he stated.

    According to Workneh, “no breakthrough in a peace process happens merely as a result of wishful thinking or chance, rather it requires determination, hard work and most of all the genuine commitment of all parties.”


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