An African Union delegation has embarked on a five-day tour of South Sudan in a mission to urge the leadership and rebels to commit to a peace resolution aimed at ending the civil war.
The AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) delegation, the AU said, is expected to interact with all South Sudanese stakeholders, African and international actors, to assess the challenges that are still impeding the implementation of the 2015 agreement on the resolution of the South Sudan conflict.
The PSC will also endeavor to find solutions to the political and unfolding economic challenges while engaging the government and opposition parties along with the civil society.
The PSC is expected to call on all parties to adhere to the provisions of the cessation of hostilities agreement signed on 21 December 2017 in Addis Ababa and witnessed by Nigeria and other member states on the AU high-level ad hoc committee on South Sudan.
South Sudan has been mired in conflict between the government of President Salva Kiir and rebels led by Machar, the country’s former first vice-president since mid-December 2013. The conflict has killed tens of thousands and displaced almost over 2 million people from their homes, including over a million refugees who have fled into neighboring nations like Uganda and Kenya.