ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the African Union
(AU) Peace and Security Council are determined to work
hand-in-hand on South Sudan peace, AU Commissioner for Peace and
Security Smail Chergui has said.
Commissioner told reporters Tuesday in Addis Ababa that the UNSC
delegation briefed the pan-African bloc about the delegation’s
recent visit to South Sudan and their discussions with the
communique, which was issued at the end of a meeting between
President Salva Kiir and the Security Council delegation on
Sunday, says the UNSC and the South Sudanese government have
agreed to work in a fresh spirit of cooperation to advance the
interests of the South Sudanese people, particularly their
aspirations for justice, liberty and prosperity, according to
the United Nations.
reiterated that South Sudan’s government has accepted the
deployment of a regional protection force in the country.
stated that the AU Peace and Security Council and the UNSC
delegation have deliberated on ways of getting the South Sudan
peace process back on track.
developed real partnership and cooperation with the UN Security
Council that is why they visited us again this year after they
went to South Sudan,” he said.
noted that the UNSC and the AU Peace and Security Council are
determined to work hand-in-hand with the Intergovernmental
Authority on Development (IGAD) and the South Sudanese people to
achieve peace in that country.
a good moment also in close session to go in details how we can
get back the (South Sudan) peace process on track,” said the
the deployment of the regional force would facilitate the
reinstatement of the opposition leader, Riek Machar, the
Commissioner responded saying, “This stage, the government has
accepted the regional force; and hopefully that when all the
conditions are met for that, the peace process will go back on
track. And it applies that all those who signed the agreement
will deliver, including SPLM-in opposition.”