(AA) – The African Union (AU) Commission has categorically dismissed the leaked findings of an inquiry report on South Sudan circulated by media recently, asserting that the report has yet to be released.
“The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma notes with concern the recent circulation of what is purported to be the report of the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan,” the pan-African body said in a statement later Monday.
Earlier this month, media reports suggested that the report recommended that both South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar be excluded from any future unity government.
The report was scheduled to be released by the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) in late January, but the African bloc delayed its release.
“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,” the African Union asserted.
The release also said that the report “has not been released to anyone,” noting that the African Union Peace and Security Council deferred the consideration of the report to a later date.
“The Chairperson, therefore, wishes to emphasize 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,” the release said.
South Sudan has been shaken by violence since December of 2013, when Kiir accused his sacked vice-president Machar of leading a failed coup attempt against his regime.
Hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese have since been displaced in fighting between the two rivals, which has led to an increasingly dire humanitarian situation.
Both rivals held talks in Addis Ababa until a few weeks ago, but they failed to reach an agreement.