The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) has adopted the decision that the situation in South Sudan can no longer be treated in a routine manner and therefore, it is time for Africa to take decisive decisions in order to rapidly put an end to the suffering of the people of south Sudan.
At its 720th meeting held on 20 September 2017 at the ministerial level, the PSC Expresses serious concern over the unabated continued fighting in South Sudan and calls for the immediate cessation of hostilities.
The Council also strongly urges all stakeholders, including armed groups, to commit to a permanent ceasefire, noting that there can be no military solution to the crises in South Sudan and calls upon the leadership and other stakeholders in the country to demonstrate the required political commitment and will, without which there is no viable alternative.
Council reiterates its conviction that the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) remains the only viable option towards addressing the current political, social, economic and security challenges facing South Sudan and achieve sustainable peace
The PSC also strongly urges all the parties to extend full cooperation to IGAD to ensure full success of the High-Level Revitalization Forum which should develop a clear political strategy for the peace process in South Sudan.
“In this regard, Council holds the view that this process represents a unique window of opportunity, but equally a last chance for the Parties, to really achieve sustainable peace and stability in South Sudan,” the Council noted, while commending the progress made so far in the preparations for the conduct of the National Dialogue which comes as a strategic pillar to facilitate genuine reconciliation and healing in a nation torn apart by recurring violent conflicts.