South Sudan

South Sudan Crisis Symposium Opens in Ethiopia


what is ed geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Opening the Symposium, more about Ethiopian Foreign Minister, treatment Tedros Adhanom, emphasised that the peace process “must include all stakeholders and their views.”

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Tedros said IGAD will give its all to find a lasting solution to the war in South Sudan through the peace process.

The symposium which opened Friday is expected has brought together up to 150 representatives of South Sudanese society, including delegates from the government, opposition, political parties, faith based groups, civil society and traditional leaders, and will initiate the inclusive phase of the mediation process based on a consensual, round table, multi-party dialogue.

The symposium follows the signing of Agreement on Resolving the Crisis by South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, and rebel leader, Dr. Riek Machar, Former Vice on 9 May in Addis Ababa.

The agreement signified a commitment by the two Parties to seek a political and inclusive solution to the crisis in South Sudan.

The main objectives of the symposium include initiating the inclusive phase of the IGAD-mediated South Sudan peace talks, based on a round-table, multi-party, representative format and offering participants thematic, foundational presentations on each of the key areas for negotiation in subsequent talks and allow participants to informally explore each issue with subject matter experts.

According to a statement from IGAD, the conference is also aimed at facilitating the sharing of comparative experience from other country contexts, peace processes and transition arrangements; as well as identifying possible areas of common ground on each thematic issue to advance future negotiations.

The symposium will be further strengthened by the presence of renowned international experts mobilized to provide inputs for representatives of a diverse group of stakeholders from South Sudan on key agenda items of the ongoing mediation process and develop ideas to inform subsequent negotiations.


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