Juba, 19 April 2018: In line with its mandate to promote and enhance peace and security in the continent, the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) undertook a field mission to the Republic of South Sudan from 14 to 19 April 2018. The mission took place in the framework of the implementation of various decisions of the Council on the situation in south Sudan, in particular the communique of its 751st meeting held on 8 February, 2018. The mission was also undertaken in an effort to give impetus to the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) being driven by the Member States of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
The PSC delegation comprising fifteen Member States was led by His Excellency, Bankole Adeoye, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the African Union, who is the Chairperson of the PSC for the month of April 2018. The PSC delegation expressed the solidarity and total support of the African Union towards finding lasting peace in South Sudan, and also strongly urged all parties to the conflict to uphold their commitments to the on-going peace process by making necessary sacrifices, allow for genuine reconciliation and healing, and to ensure that next round of HLRF talks does not fail as it remains the last chance for peace.
During the mission, the delegation held consultations with the President of the Republic, H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit, the 1st Vice-President of the Republic, Lt. General Taban Deng Gai, the Cabinet Ministers, the Members of the Steering Committee of the National Dialogue, the Special Representation of the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), as well as the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) and the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM). The delegation also met with the African Diplomatic Corps in Juba, international partners, representatives of the civil society organizations, leaders of faith-based organizations, as well as the representatives of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the Protection of Civilian sites (PoCs) in UNMISS Juba 1 and 3.