African Union chief calls for action against South Sudan

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Chairman of the African Union (AU) Dr Mousa Faki Mahamat is calling for action to be taken against South Sudan’s leaders following another ceasefire violation in the world’s youngest nation.

A new ceasefire was implemented in South Sudan on Saturday as part of the latest peace deal agreed between President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar. However, the ceasefire was violated within hours of its enforcement and now the chairman of the African Union is calling for action against the pair following successive failed peace processes.

AU chief calls for action against South Sudan leaders

In a statement at the AU summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania, on Saturday Dr Mahamat said the African Union can no longer sit back and watch South Sudan’s leaders violate their commitments under peace agreements.

“We are used to them not respecting their commitments,” the AU chief said, regarding President Kiir and rebel Riek Machar. “The situation in South Sudan is serious. We have to send a clear message to the players to respect their commitments.”

South Sudan’s previous ceasefire in December 2017 was also violated within hours and the international community is losing patience with the country’s leaders. The African Union has committed significant resources in order to facilitate South Sudan’s peace process but the country’s leaders have failed to meet their commitments each time around.

As many as 300,000 people have been killed in South Sudan’s civil war and millions displaced as a result of the ongoing conflict.

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