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ADDIS ABABA, The African Union (AU) and the Norway-Britain-United States troika have expressed their commitment to co-operate with the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in the implementation of the South Sudan peace agreement signed here last week.
The AU and the troika have both issued statements in connection with the signing of the agreement here Thursday by all the contending parties in South Sudan, the world's youngest nation which seceded from Sudan to gain independence in July 2011 only to plunge into a civil war in 2013.
According to the statement received from the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the weekend, the troika has stated their keenness to work with IGAD, an eight-nation Horn of African grouping in its efforts to implement the agreement. They also expressed their support and appreciation for IGAD for negotiating among the warring parties.
The AU meanwhile described the agreement as a step forward for South Sudan to get away from its current political situation. The AU also requested the stakeholders to earnestly work for the implementation of the agreement and added that it would continue its collaboration with IGAD in the implementation of the agreement.
The troika, which expressed commitment to stand with IGAD for the implementation of the agreement, praised Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat and the foreign affairs ministers of the countries concerned for the efforts exerted for the signing of the agreement.
Cessation of hostiles, civilian protection and unhindered humanitarian access to those in need are main agendas of the agreement
Source: NAM News Network