AU peace delegates to visit Juba

AU peace delegates to visit Juba

The peace support team from the African Union (AU) is expected to visit South Sudan to assess the progress of the peace implementation process.

In an exclusive interview with The East African journalist, Bankole Adeoye, the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, said the AU is considering sending a peace support team to the country.

According to Mr Adeoye, the visit is a follow-up to the AU Peace and Security Council’s visit to South Sudan in March this year.

“Peacebuilding is a very difficult task; it does not come easily. Peacebuilding is horrendous and expensive.

“That is why the Peace and Security Council in March undertook a field mission in South Sudan. As I speak to you, the multi-dimensional peace support team will be going to South Sudan in the next few weeks, ” the AU Commissioner told The East African.

In March this year, the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) undertook a three-day field mission to the country to assess the 2018 peace process.

The visit was the fifth to be undertaken by the PSC after the one in October 2016, after which there was the formation of the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity in February 2020.

According to the information published by AU in March, the main objectives of the field mission were “to gather first-hand information regarding the political, security, economic, and humanitarian situation in the country, as well as to assess the state of progress in the implementation of the R-ARCSS and the challenges being faced.”

During the Juba visit, the AU PSC delegation held several discussions with representatives of the government and all other related stakeholders. They included the political parties, civil society, the African Diplomatic Community, representatives of the IGAD, R-JMEC, UN, EU and other development partners of South Sudan.

At their joint press conference after three days of the mission, the delegation encouraged the R-TGoNU to take all necessary steps to assemble financial resources, from its national reserves, for the implementation of the R-ARCSS.

“Especially Chapter II relates to transitional security arrangements, including, the long-overdue graduation and deployment of the necessary unified forces (NUFs), as well as the disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration (DDR) program; in this regard, it requests the AU Commission, to work closely with the government to provide the required support.”

“[AU] encourages the R-TGoNU to expedite the implementation of Chapter V of the R-ARCSS, in particular, the establishment of the Hybrid Court of South Sudan (HCSS), the Commission for Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing (CTRH) and the Compensation and Reparation Authority (CRA), to end impunity, promote justice for the victims of human rights violations and abuses,’’ they stated.

 They further called on the government to ensure laying the ground for durable peace and reconciliation in South Sudan; in this regard, reiterated its request to the AU Commission to continue providing support on the implementation of Chapter V of the R-ARCSS.’’