The UNMISS has condemned in the strongest terms the violence that occurred in Akobo and continues in other parts of the country.
“We call on all parties to the crisis to refrain from further violence and seek a peaceful resolution to the crisis,” the statement said.
Hundreds of people have been killed in the capital, Juba, alone since clashes between rival factions of the Sudan Sudanese army erupted on Sunday.
The ministerial delegation comprises of Ministers and high level officials from Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Somali, Sudan and Uganda, as well as the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security.
“It is to be recalled that, at its 409th meeting held, on Wednesday 18 December 2013, the Peace and Security Council of the AU, encouraged regional and international efforts to help diffuse the current tension and to support the South Sudanese parties to find a peaceful political settlement to the crisis,” states the statement from AU.
More than 15,000 people have sought shelter at two UN and one World Food Programme compounds in Juba.
South Sudan became independent in 2011 after a two-decade civil war with Sudan in which more than two million people died.
President Barack Obama on Thursday urged clashing factions in South Sudan to end violence, restore calm, and work toward reconciliation, saying the conflict there threatens to derail progress the country has made since gaining independence.
“Inflammatory rhetoric and targeted violence must cease,” Obama said in a statement. “All sides must listen to the wise counsel of their neighbours, commit to dialogue and take immediate steps to urge calm and support reconciliation.”