CEPO: Building citizens’ ownership, trust and confidence on the outcomes of HLRF

Posted: April 14, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

The Scheduled Africa Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) Meeting in Juba, South Sudan, should focus on building citizens ownership, trust and confidence on the outcomes of HLRF

April 14, 2018 (SSB) — TheAfrica Union Peace and Security Council is planning to have a meeting of the council in Juba on the current on-going situation in South Sudan. This is meeting within the timeframe where IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan is conducting shuttle diplomacy with various South Sudan actors to the on-going peace mediation process.

The AU Peace and Security Council meeting is timely in terms of pushing and lobbying South Sudan negotiating parties for Compromises on the registered deadlock on the road to revitalize the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS). CEPO appreciates the action of the AUPSC. It is clear demonstration of commitment for ensure peace prevail in South Sudan. Mr. Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of CEPO says the AUPSC meeting in Juba should not ignore handles the matters of estrange and hostile political relation among the principals of the negotiating parties. Building consensus among the principals of the negotiation parties besides their personal political grievance is essential for the success of next High Level Revitalization Forum in later April, 2018 in Addis Ababa.

The deadlocks that are delaying the timely revitalization of the ARCSS are much more built on absence of trust and confidence among the negotiation parties. The meeting of AUPSC should serious lobby for compromises and also strengthening the understanding that South Sudan needs transitional arrangements as strategy of stopping the on-going violence, without sorting out everything through peace agreement. Mr. Yakani stressed.

AUPSC should make strong action-oriented positions on the on-going violations of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed on 21st December, 2017, Compromises during HLRF, establishment of Hybrid Court and the negative interference of some AU members’ states on HLRF process.

The on-going violations of CHoA are weakening the public trust and confidence that the negotiating parties of South Sudan have the will to accept peaceful settlement of their political difference. The council should not forget the establishment of the Hybrid Court as deterrent for commitment of human atrocities since the country is witness growth in military rebellions.

Finally, CEPO call upon AUPSC meeting to make decisions that are action oriented on matters related to the next HLRF compromises, Hybrid Court including support for South Sudanese led-process such as track two by the faith based leaders and civil society then the usual press statements that normally end up as words on paper.

CEPO call upon AUPSC meeting to support national media coverage of next HLRF as a strategy of building citizens ownership, trust and confidence on the outcomes of HLRF. The council should meet with others stakeholders (Faith based leaders, civil society, women and youth) while in Juba.

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