The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has described as ‘not true’ the African Union report of its commission of enquiry into the South Sudan conflict.
In 2014, the AU formed the commission of inquiry headed by the former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, to investigate the abuses.
The report was released on Tuesday. It indicates that there were organized killings in Juba in mid-December, 2013.
The report details the findings of investigators on human rights abuses and war crimes by the parties to the conflict.
Investigators say they found no evidence of a coup attempt, and concluded that the fighting within the Presidential Guards triggered the violence.
It also noted that acts of violence, and gross human rights abuses were orchestrated against civilians in what they say was a ‘state policy’.
“No…no…no, that’s not the truth. There was a coup attempt; there was a coup that was aborted,” said Mawien Makol, spokesperson for the ministry.
“This issue of no-coup actually, the SPLA-IO is actually still talking about it, but it was proved long time ago; there was coup attempt. We cannot go back and talk about things that have been disapproved a long time ago.”
The report has recommended the ways forward in the accountability, security, and service sectors.