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JUBA - 31 Oct 2016

AU delegation calls for dialogue in South Sudan after three days visit

Ambassador Catherine Muigai Mwangi, head of a delegation from the Africa Union Peace and Security Council on Monday has called upon the parties in South Sudan to dialogue so that the country can start on the road of recovery.

The remarks came at the end of a three days visit in South Sudan.

Speaking on Monday at Crown Hotel upon their departure to Addis Ababa, Catherine said AU delegations had discussions with President Salva Kiir this morning, FVP Taban Deng, SPLM Former Detainees and other political parties, religious groups, civil society and heads of diplomatic missions in South Sudan regarding the peace process.

“The Africa Union has been here in South Sudan since Friday; we traveled to South Sudan because we wanted to find out firsthand, the progress that has been made regarding the implementation of the peace process. We also wanted to find out the situation regarding peace and reconciliation, regarding other socioeconomic issues,” she said.

“As we leave Juba today, we have a better understanding of what the challenges that are facing this country especially the implementation of the peace agreement. We have reassured the leadership and people of South Sudan that we will remain engaged and will continue to support South Sudan in implementing the peace agreement and make sure that peace comes back to South Sudan,” said Ambassador Catherine.

The delegation also traveled to Malakal POC site where they had discussion with leaders inside the UN POC site. “Our final word is to urge every single South Sudanese to agree to peace, to agree to dialogue, so that finally your country can start on the road of recovery,” she said.