South Sudan

Peace Talks Resume As Fighting Continues


healing geneva;”>The second session of phase ii of the South Sudan peace process that adjourned on March 3, approved has resumed on March 25, 2014, following the arrival of all parties in Addis Ababa, reads a statement from IGAD.

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The IGAD special envoys are in consultation on the conduct of a political dialogue towards national reconciliation and healing.

Meanwhile, in line with the cessation of hostilities agreement on January 23 2014 and pertinent implementation modalities that were signed by parties, consultations among IGAD special envoys, regional leaders, the African Union, the United Nations and friends of South Sudan are underway on the speedy operationalisation of the monitoring and verifications teams (MVTs) as well as the MVM’s Protection Force (PF).

“The IGAD special envoys remain gravely concerned about continued fighting in South Sudan, and the flagrant breach of cessation of hostilities agreement by parties.”

In this regard, the envoys reiterate their call on the signatory parties to immediately adhere to the cessation of hostilities agreement and fully cooperate with the Joint Technical Committee (JTC) for the speedy operationalisation of the MVM.

“The special envoys also urge members of the international community to put pressure on both parties to stop the war.”

“In the light of the grave humanitarian concerns on the ground and requests made by aid agencies in South Sudan, the envoys call on the parties to ensure free access to humanitarian services to affected citizens; and urge them to honour their commitment of opening up relief corridors across the country.”

Fighting continues in South Sudan.


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