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IGAD Expresses Concern over Stagnated South Sudan Peace Process

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IGAD mediated a peace process where Machar (L) and Kiir (R) were to work together
IGAD mediated a peace process where Machar (L) and Kiir (R) were to work together

    By: Dickens H Okello

  • Mar 19,2017
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The IGAD Council of Ministers has expressed serious concern over the lack of progress in the implementation of South Sudan peace agreement signed in August 2015.

The regional body mediated the accord in which the government under President Salva Kiir and rebels under former Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar agreed to lay down arms and work together in the Transitional Government of National Unity.

The unity government collapsed in July 2016 after less than three months when the war broke out at the presidential palace in the presence of the two principals.

The fighting is continuing between the two groups mainly in the oil rich states of Unity and Upper Nile.

The Council of Minister’s meeting in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Friday also pointed at the continued violence.

“We have noted with serious concern the lack of progress in the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) of August 2015 as well as the continued violence across the country,” part of the statement released by the IGAD Secretariat on Saturday evening said.

“We further noted with serious concern the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in the country resulting from high-levels of insecurity coupled with serious limitations of access by humanitarian agencies to the affected population.”

Closed to half of country’s population is surviving on basic needs provided by the relief agencies.

The Council was unanimous in its support to the national dialogue process that was initiated by the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).

It called upon the TGoNU to ensure that the national dialogue is all-inclusive and further appealed to the parties to the conflict to agree on cessation of hostilities to pave way for a speedy implementation of ARCSS.

The meeting chaired by the Ethiopia’s Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu was attended by other Foreign Affairs ministers including Mohamoud Ali Youssouf of Djibouti, Abdisalam Hadji Omar of Somalia, Prof. Ibrahim, Ghandour of Sudan and Sam Kutesa of Uganda.

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