ADDIS ABABA, -- African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has welcomed the appointment by South Sudanese President Salva Kiir of the ministers of the transitional government of national unity (GNU).

The formation of the transitional GNU is in accordance with the provisions of the agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan of August 17, 2015, the AU said in a statement on Saturday.

"The chairperson hails this major step which will greatly facilitate the process of tackling the challenges facing the country. The horrendous war that raged in the country for over two-and-a-half years has brought about the destruction of the infant economy, social and political paralysis, as well as a dire humanitarian situation."

With the establishment of the transitional GNU, South Sudan entered the most critical phase in the implementation of the peace agreement, in which the consolidation of peace and reconciliation, as well as the undertaking of post-conflict reconstruction and economic recovery in the country, needed to be given top priority.

"In this respect, the chairperson calls upon all AU member states to provide the necessary support for this demanding endeavor," the AU said.

Dlamini-Zuma underscored the role of the international community, as a whole, in mobilising the necessary resources for supporting South Sudan as it opened a new chapter in its history and sought to rebuild itself.

"The chairperson expresses her profound appreciation for the facilitation role being played by the AU high representative for South Sudan, former president Alpha Oumar Konare, and the chair of the joint monitoring and evaluation commission, former president Festus Mogae, in support of the efforts of the South Sudanese stakeholders."

"She reiterates her gratitude to the inter-governmental authority on development (IGAD) and the United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for their contributions and support."

"Finally, the chairperson reiterates the AU's commitment to continue to do everything possible to support the South Sudanese parties and stakeholders as they strive to end the bitter legacy of the war and achieve lasting peace, reconciliation, and economic recovery in their country," the AU said.

Source: Name News Network

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