African Union Commission chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has welcomed the announcement of a unilateral cessation of hostilities by the President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states for four months, from June 18.
She said that against the backdrop of a similar gesture made by the armed opposition group for a cessation of hostilities for a period of six months in April, this truce, if it was respected by both sides, would ease the suffering of the populations in the conflict areas and create a conducive environment for advancing the peace process.
Dlamini-Zuma appealed to the rebel movements in the two areas and Darfur to take this opportunity to join the roadmap process, facilitated by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel and signed by the government of Sudan on March 21, 2016.
“The signing of the roadmap by all concerned will allow the parties to resume the negotiations as soon as possible and reach agreements on issues that are still outstanding and stalling the achievement of peace and stability in Sudan.”
South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA) ruled earlier this year that government’s failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir while he was in SA for the African Union Summit last year was unlawful.
The SCA also found South Africa had a duty to arrest Bashir in terms of domestic and international law, as Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes.