The AU Liaison Office in South Sudan, Juba was opened in 2008 pursuant to the communiqué issued at the 89th meeting of the AU PSC held on 24 August 2007. The Juba office supported the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement [CPA] with respect to South Sudan.
After the independence of South Sudan, the AU set a strategic objective to promote two viable Countries, Sudan and South Sudan, living at peace with one another and maintaining cordial neighborly relations. The full implementation by the two States of outstanding CPA issues and post-independence matters assures the possibility of this objective.
The Office in Juba will, among others, continue to focus on the following issues:
- Monitor the overall political and security situation in South Sudan and report to Headquarters, articulating and proposing options with the view to providing best practices and other means of helping the South Sudanese Authorities in their efforts to build a viable Nation;
- Assess the implementation of the outstanding CPA issues and post-independence matters, including on the political and security situations between the two States, Abyei, the North-South border, and economic and natural resources issues, and providing relevant periodic reports on progress and challenges to AU policy organs;
- Support, in close collaboration with the AU Liaison Office in the Sudan-Khartoum, and the broad international community, policies and mechanisms of the AU with the view to fostering and strengthening good relations between Sudan and South Sudan.