JOHANNESBURG– The conflicts afflicting Somalia, South Sudan, Libya, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and other parts of the continent have come under scrutiny at the ongoing session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) at Midrand, Johannesburg.
The continental legislature on Monday called for a national dialogue to end the ongoing civil war in South Sudan, which has displaced millions while Members of the African Parliament also condemned the death of 300 Somalis in the weekend’s explosion in the capital, Mogadishu.
The PAP and the African Union (AU) are concerned about how to end wars on the continent. The AU Commission on Peace and Security presented a gloomy picture with the war ravaging South Sudan taking centre stage.
South Sudan remains volatile and this is compounded by the renewed fighting in many areas. There is no indication that fighting will end any soon, said Catherine Mwangi, Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the AU.
The PAP said the strife would not end if South Sudan’s leaders continued to put personal interests ahead of the nation. The PAP Committee on Co-operation visited Juba last month on a fact-finding mission.
A total of 140,000 people remain in refugee camps. Children are out of school or do not complete their education. The economy relies heavily on oil which accounts for 60 per cent of exports, even though production is expected to diminish by 2035, said MP Phesheya Hlatshwayo.
South Sudan blames the rebel leaders for failing to be part of the national dialogue in Juba. South Sudan needs help of the international community, especially Africa. Enough is enough with war. We need peace to start development of the country,” said South Sudan MP Agnes Lasuba.
Meanwhile, a motion calling for the lifting of the United States ban on citizens of Chad from entering the US was adopted. Washington accuses Chad of failing to share information on activities of Al Shabab terrorists in the region.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK