AFRICAN UNION CALLS ON SOUTH SUDAN’S WARRING FACTIONS TO END VIOLENCE

| May 1, 2017

ADDIS ABABA, The African Union (AU) has called on the warring parties in South Sudan to desist from escalating violence in the world's youngest nation.

Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, expressed his deep concern over the increasing military clashes in South Sudan, especially in the restive Upper Nile region, according to a statement issued by the AU Commission here Sunday.

He called on the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) of South Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-in-Opposition and other armed movements to immediately desist from fighting, which continues to negatively impact on the security, safety and life of civilians in the country.

"The renewed fighting in South Sudan is a clear indication that the warring parties continue to believe in a military solution, fully disregarding the plight of innocent civilians which they claim to represent and defend," he said.

"The immediate consequences of the military clashes on the civilian population are shattering and therefore it should be understood that those engaging in this callous behaviour should be held accountable."

He strongly called on the TGoNU, as well as on the other warring parties to immediately cease hostilities and uphold their responsibilities to protect civilians as provided for in the Constitution of the country and the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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