Updated at 9:30pm, May 18, 2015(PST)
May 18, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Former Nigerian President, Gen.Olusegun Obasanjo, who chairs African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan crisis, paid a “historical visit” to the chairman of the armed opposition, Dr. Reik Machar Teny, at his headquarters in the most volatile Upper Nile State, South Sudan.
“I held a very fruitful meeting this morning with former Nigerian president and head of African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan crisis, Gen.Olusegun Obasanjo here in Pagak head quarters.” Dr. Machar said on Monday, 18th May, 2015.
According to Dr. Riek, Obasanjo’s historical visit to Pagak headquarters shows that the continental body, AU, is ready and committed to resolve South Sudan’s 17-month-old civil war and “to avert the immense suffering of its people so that lasting peace and Justice prevail in the Republic of South Sudan”
On behalf of his movement, Machar expresses his gratitude to Gen. Abasanjo and the African Union for the visit.
“I and the entire leadership of SPLM/SPLA greatly thanked Gen.Obasanjo for paying this historical visit and this show that Africa union is much more ready and committed to resolve the current crisis in South Sudan and to avert the immense suffering of its people so that lasting peace and Justice prevail in the Republic of South Sudan.”Machar states.
The chairman and commander in chief of the rebels’ faction, Machar, who initiated the call for the Obasanjo Report to be made public, is backed by the United Nations, United States and the international community who reiterate that the report must be officially released to expedite the peace process.
Despite that the Salva Kiir government has strongly opposed the release of AU report, the United States of America has donated $5 million dollars, and calls on the international community to support the initiative to establish a hybrid court in the region to try South Sudanese leaders who are suspected to have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in the current conflict.
Although the full details of the meeting are yet to follow, Machar emphasizes that the meeting was “very fruitful”, and a critical step toward peaceful settlement of the deadly conflict that has claimed over 50, 000 lives.
The next phase of IGAD (plus) mediation will include Algeria, Nigeria, Chad, South Africa and Rwanda. Outside of Africa, China, Troika countries (USA, UK and Norway), EU and the UN have also been added to the IGAD-plus table.
In other reports, heavy battles continued this morning in Upper Nile State, as Gen. Obasanjo visits Pagak at the far east of Upper Nile state near Ethiopian border.
The government troops are fighting back to retake the capital from the allied troops of SPLA-IO and Agwelek forces, under Maj. Gen. Johnson Olony, however, the rebels are determined to advance towards Paloch’s oilfields.