Former Malian President appointed AU envoy to South Sudan

NEW AU ENVOY TO SOUTH SUDAN: Alpha Oumar Konaré

NEW AU ENVOY TO SOUTH SUDAN: Alpha Oumar Konaré

The former President of Mali Alpha Oumar Konaré has been appointed the African Union High Representative for South Sudan.

He is mandated to coordinate an “African Action” aimed at stopping the ongoing civil war in the Africa’s youngest nation.

The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said in a statement, that Konare’s appointment aims at ‘further strengthening the AU’s contribution towards ending the conflict in South Sudan and the untold suffering inflicted upon the civilian population’.

The statement explains that Konaré’s experience and commitment to Pan-Africanism “will be a major asset in the search for a solution to the conflict that is tearing South Sudan apart.”

He will be mainly charged with a responsibility to facilitate and coordinate various regional and international efforts geared towards ending the war.

“The High Representative will maintain close contact with the South Sudanese parties… interact with the IGAD leaders, to facilitate a collective and coordinated African action, in the search for a negotiated solution; and work with the United Nations and other international actors, in support of the African-led efforts,” reads the statement in part.

Konaré was President of Mali from 1992 to 2002, Chairperson of the AU commission from 2003 to 2007 and chairperson of the AU high-level panel for Egypt between 2013 and 2014.