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AU assesses South Sudan peace progress

By William Madouk

African Union Mission in South Sudan delegate, Prof. Jeroam Biswaro, meets the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, to discuss the implementation of the peace roadmap.

The talk focused on challenges thwarting the deployment of the first batch and the enrollment of the second batch of the unified forces for training to accelerate security arrangement implementation.

Full Implementation of the agreement provisions will pave the way for the conduct of free and fair elections at the end of the transition.

In a statement seen by this outlet, Dr. Machar, assures the visiting team of his commitment to continue working for the full implementation of the agreement.

Meanwhile, Mr. Biswaro calls on the peace parties to demonstrate a political will and adhere to the timelines agreed upon in the roadmap to complete the outstanding chapters in the agreement.

“Skipping some of the fundamental tasks in the agreement could be a recipe for another problem,” Biswaro was quoted as saying.

The head of the AU delegation to the country, however, assured their commitment to continue working with the principals in the agreement and partners to resolve the outstanding issues.

The meeting was between FVP Dr. Riek Machar and representatives of the quartet monitor, including stakeholders (United Nations, African Union, IGAD, and R-JMEC) in the revitalized peace agreement.

It was attended by the Deputy Head of Mission, United Nations Mission to South Sudan, Guang Cong, the African Union Ambassador to South Sudan, Prof. Jeroam Biswaro, and representatives from IGAD and R-JMEC.



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