South Sudan

Machar asks Obasanjo to release war report


Obasanjo meeting Machar (Photo curtsey of Peter Gatdiet)


South Sudan opposition leader, Riek Machar, on Sunday met and held talks with the former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo.

The meeting took place in Pagak, South Sudan, the new administrative capital of the opposition located in Upper Nile State.

James Gatdet Dak, Machar’s spokesman, told The Insider that the meeting was generally about the IGAD led peace process and particularly on the report by AU’s Commission of Inquiry on atrocities committed in the South Sudan’s conflict.

“The leadership of SPLM/SPLA calls on the AU to release and make public its report on human rights abuses,” Gatdet said.

“The two leaders discussed the importance of this.”

The African Union (AU) Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan to undertook its first field mission to South Sudan from April 21st April to 1st May 2014.

The mission came as part of AU efforts to end the conflict that broke out in South Sudan in mid-December 2013, and ensure the emergence of an environment of sustainable peace that would enable a sustainable democratic culture to emerge in the country.

Headed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the mission included the Commission members namely; Professor Mahmood Mamdani, Ms. Bineta Diop, Professor Pacifique Manirakiza and Lady Justice Sophia Akuffo and AUC technical support team.

The Commission was established by H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, AUC Chairperson on 6th March 2014, in pursuant to decision of the 411th Meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council at the level of Heads of State and Government held in Banjul, The Gambia.

It was tasked to meet principal actors in South Sudan and investigate human rights violations and other abuses committed during the armed conflict in South Sudan with the aim of guarantee healing for sustainable peace and security in South Sudan.

Early in the year, a report attributed to the commission leaked after being shelved at the Addis Ababa Summit.

The leaked report which was later denied by African Union, wanted Machar and President Salva Kiir to be left out of the transitional government.

At the start of May, the Government of South Sudan said it was convincing 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, claimed the report would affect the peace process.

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