South Sudan

Kiir wants AU to shelve war report




The UN Security Council released a report last week where UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon accused both the SPLA and Riek Machar’s rebel forces of recruiting child soldiers.

The report also accused the warring parties of restricting the work of UN peacekeepers.

The UNSG further said in the report that, ‘leaders have failed the people [South Sudanese] by putting personal ambitions first.’

The UNSG warned that if the warring parties fail to compromise and continue military confrontation, those responsible will face the consequences.

IGAD mediators are yet to announce a date for the resumption of the talks.

Over 12,000 UN peacekeeping troops and police are in the country.

Meanwhile, the Government of South Sudan is trying to convince the African Union Peace and Security Council not to release the report of an enquiry into the current conflict, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, has said.

The minister claims the report will affect the peace process.

He argued that peace needs to be brought first to the country and that accountability will not work if the report is released, as those in rebellion ‘are in their area’.

The leaked draft of the report says both parties committed human rights violations in the conflict.

Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, said in March that the report had not yet been released by the AU.

The report also stated that President Salva Kiir and Dr Riek Machar should be excluded from any future transitional government.

Activists say the report would help bring justice to the victims of crimes and abuses.



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