AU calls for immediate implementation of ceasefire in South Sudan

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[Juba, South Sudan, TCT] The African Union has call for speedy implementation of the recent signed peace agreement between the government of South Sudan and its armed Opposition. The agreement include permanent ceasefire in which the AU says it must be effected as agreed. In a press release extended to TCT, The Chairperson of the African Commission Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, welcomes the signing of minutes of security arrangement, on 26 October 2015 which underscores the need for the parties to fully implement the steps agreed in the Minutes. Zuma urges the parties to rapidly conclude the ongoing discussions on the Unified Command of the National Defense Forces of South Soudan (NDFSS). The Chairperson of the Commission says he looks forward to the early transition of the Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM) into the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM), to monitor compliance and report on violations of the Agreement. The government of South Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army In Opposition (SPLM/SPLA-IO) on 26th October, 2015 signed the Minutes of the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements (PCTSA) in a Workshop held in Addis Ababa between 13 and 18 September 2015. The Minutes were signed by the Government of the Republic of South Sudan but the SPLM-IO Leaders refused to sign citing some reservations. The two parties are urged to complete signing of the minutes without precondition and without further delay, to enable the implementation process of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, says the document. Since the declaration of permanent ceasefire, there have been reports of violations and continued attacks of both parties. Communities are still being displaced, and many properties being destroyed.
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