Join AU, UN team to visit Juba, Bentiu to assess peace deal

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson, African Union Commission Signing of Joint UN-AU Framework for Enhancing Partnership on Peace and Security (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

October 7th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – A joint delegation of the African Union and the United Nations is expected in the capital Juba this Sunday to conduct a field assessment to the Permanent Ceasefire Agreement signed in June 2018 by President Salva Kiir Mayardiit and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.

In June this year, President Salva Kiir Mayardiit, opposition and SPLM-IO leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon signed a permanent ceasefire agreement in Khartoum under the auspices of the Sudanese president Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir as part of IGAD efforts to consolidate peace in the young African nation.

The top-notch delegation will include the African Union Commissioner for Peace and  Security, Amb. Ismail Chergui,  the Under-Secretary-General  for Peacekeeping  Operations,  Jean-Pierre Lacroix,  the Co-chair of  the AU  Fem-Wise, Ms Speciosa  Wandira Kazibwe,  and  the Executive Director for  UN  Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

The visit will aim at monitoring and assessing the implementation of the June ceasefire and the December 12 revitalized peace agreement signed in Addis Ababa by Kiir and Machar along with other opposition groups.

The high-level delegation, according to a statement, will be meeting with senior officials in the Transitional Government of National Unity in South Sudan but it is not clear whether similar meetings will take place with the members of the main armed opposition led by former vice president Dr. Riek Machar.

“The joint  visit  will  provide an  opportunity  for the  delegation  to  commend  the South Sudanese  stakeholders  for  signing  the peace agreement  on  12  September 2018  and encourage them  to  faithfully  implement  it,” they said in a statement.

The mission will also enable the joint  UN-AU diplomats  to shore up the implementation of the revitalized agreement on the resolution of conflict in the Republic of South Sudan and encourage the parties to the conflict in the country to respect the provisions and terms of the agreement.

“More  specifically,  the visit will  focus  on tangible actions  and  re-emphasize the  significance  of elevating,  safeguarding  and ensuring  women’s  meaningful  participation  and  leadership  in  the implementation of the Agreement,” the statement added.

The delegation will visit Juba, Bentiu and will meet women leaders and civil society organizations including those in the United Nations Protection of civilian camps in both towns.

“The  delegation will  meet  with  women  leaders  and  organizations  in  Juba and  Bentiu,  including from  the Protection  of Civilian  sites,” they said in a statement.