The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma expressed her concern about the recent circulation of what is said to be a leaked report of the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan.
“The Chairperson wishes to state categorically that the so-called ‘report’ that is said to have been leaked is NOT that of the Commission of Inquiry,” a statement from the AU said.
The AU further said that the Chairperson wants to reassure “the public, especially, the South Sudanese citizens, that the report of the Commission of Inquiry has not been released to anyone.”
The final report of the Inquiry Commision, led by former Nigerian President Olesegun Obasanjo was submitted to the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) during the 24th AU Summit of Heads of State and Government. Although the report was submitted to AUPSC on 29 January 2015, the AU said the PSC “deferred the consideration of the report to a later date”.
Addis Standard learned during the summit that the Heads of State and Government assembly declined to publish the report, which, according to insiders close to Addis Standard, has “deeply implicated” both sides of the rivals in the ongoing South Sudanese conflict.
The statement from the AU said that “as soon as the AUPSC considers the report and makes a decision on its release to the public, the report of the Commission of Inquiry will be released accordingly.”
Cover photo: AUC Chairperson Dlamini Zuma
Photo: Addis Standard