Press statement of the African Union Peace and Security council
(Thessherald)– In line with its mandate t promote and enhance peace and security in th Continent, the African Union (AU) Peace and Securit Council (PSC) undertook a field mission to the Republi of South Sudan from 18 to 20 February 2020.
Th Mission took place within the framework of th implementation of various decisions of the Council o the situation in South Sudan.
In particular, the Counci aimed at evaluating the status of implementation of th Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict i the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) signed on 1 September 2018, given that the Revitalized Transitiona Government of National Unity (R-TGONU) is to b formed on 22 February 2020. Furthermore, the Missio aimed at expressing AU’s solidarity with the People an Government of South Sudan during this critical perio in the history of the country. In this light, it is wort noting that this is the fourth field mission of the AUPS to the Republic of South Sudan since October 2016.
The PSC delegation was led by His Excellenc Ambassador Mohamed Idriss Farah, Permanen Representative of the Republic of Djibouti to the Africa Union, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the PSC fo the month of February 2020.
The PSC delegatio comprised representatives of the fifteen Member States namely: Ambassadors of Algeria, Salah Franci Alhamdi; Angola, Francisco Da Cruz; Burundi, Joe Nkurabagaya; Equatorial Guinea, Cristantos Obam Ondo; Lesotho, Mafa Sejanamane; Morocco, Mohame Arrouchi; Nigeria, Bankole Adeoye; and Togo, Sebad Toba; as well as Representatives from Gabon, Kenya Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe.
During its mission, the Delegation paid a courtesy cal on the 1 Vice President of South Sudan, H.E. Taba Deng Gai and held consultation with Dr. Riek Macha Teny, Chairman of the SPLM-IO, who is also the Firs Vice President-Designate.
It also received briefings fro the National Pre-Transitional Committee, Members of the Steering Committee of the National Dialogue, the African Diplomatic Corps, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC), as well as the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) Furthermore, the delegation met with international partners, the African Development Bank, an representatives of the Civil Society Organizations an faith based groups in Juba.
In all its engagements, the Delegation pledged the African Union’s unwavering solidarity with the people o South Sudan and support towards the full implementation of the R-ARCSS, especially the formation of an inclusive Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) on 2 February 2020.
The Delegation underscored that, a inclusive R-TGONU is a pre-requisite for lasting unity peace, stability and development in South Sudan.
The PSC delegation commended President Salva Kii Mayardit and his Government for the courageous and progressive decision to revert the country back to the original ten (10) States, and further noted that such political compromise has restored the confidence of all stakeholders to the peace process.
The PSC calls welcomed the reassurance by Dr. Riek Machar Teny t work with the Government, noting that the issue o States has been resolved, and that he agreed t address other outstanding issues during the Transitional Period, including the security arrangements. The Delegation applauded the timel decision by IGAD to address the travel restriction imposed on Dr. Machar. The PSC delegation commended the positive reaction by the Civil Society Organizations towards these positive changes an looked forward to the full participation of all South Sudanese in the development of their country. The Council also welcomed recommendations made b various stakeholders, especially for the AU Member States to provide technical assistance to the R-TGoNU.
In light of the foregoing, the Delegation expressed the necessity for the international community to sustain it valuable support to all aspects of the peace process i order to prevent a relapse to conflict, and possible devastating consequences on innocent civilians.
In this connection, the Delegation expressed its concern over the slow implementation of the security arrangements in particular, the delayed training of the Necessary Unified Forces, inadequate availability of uniforms an medical supplies. Given the monumental challenges t face the impending R-TGoNU, the Delegation pledged t advocate for sustainable continental and international support towards overcoming these challenges.
The PSC Delegation reiterated the AU’s appreciation towards IGAD, the neighboring countries of Sout Sudan, UNMISS, R-JMEC and international partners, for their relentless efforts towards assisting the parties efforts to restore peace, security, stability an development in South Sudan. The Delegation noted that the formation of the R-TGoNU is only the start of a lon nation-building process, and thus called on the parties to remain resolute, guided by the principles o compromise and restraint.
The Delegation expressed its full appreciation for the support extended by the Government of the Republic o South Sudan, UNMISS and other stakeholders i facilitating its field mission. It also acknowledged the facilitation of the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission and Head of the A Mission in South Sudan, Ambassador Professor Jora Mukama Biswaro, and the staff of the AU Mission i South Sudan for their valuable support.