South Sudan leaders have last chance to end war – AU threatens

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – JANUARY 31: African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ismail Chergui delivers a speech during a press conference as part of the 24th Summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on January 31, 2015. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

November 16th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan leaders have now the last chance to end the ongoing civil war which has been ongoing since December 2013, the African Union said Friday.

Backing a United States warning, the African Union commissioner for peace and security Ismail Chergui said South Sudan’s game of extension for pre-transitional period should end.

“I think both our friends here in Washington and us think that this cannot be a game of extending all the time,” Chergui said.

“This maybe is the last chance for them to respond — first, to the will of their people. South Sudanese are tired of war,” Chergui told reporters after talks between the AU and US in Washington, without specifying consequences if the efforts to form a government again fail.

For his part, US top diplomat for Africa, Tibor Nagy said the United States has “a lot of tools available and we will not hesitate to use them” but declined to say which actions Washington would take.

The two leaders, “and I would put quotes around the word ‘leaders,’ are obviously quite content with the current situation,” Nagy told reporters.

“The international community is providing the food, the medicines, basically all of the human needs that are the responsibilities of governments to do. They’re basically sitting back,” he added.

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