today's Pick
IGAD assembly to discuss S. Sudan conflict
Publish Date: Jun 09, 2014
IGAD assembly to discuss S. Sudan conflict
Salva Kiir (L), President of South Sudan, and Riek Machar (R), SPLM Opposition leader, hand over the Cessation of Hostilities treaty over the war in South Sudan on May 9, 2014 in Addis Ababa. AFP PHOTO
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Taddeo Bwambale

An extra-ordinary session of IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government is scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa on Tuesday.

Key on the agenda will be the conflict in South Sudan and an assessment of the six-month peace talks that seek to bring an end to the fighting.

The IGAD-led mediation team, in a statement on Sunday, confirmed that member states would meet in the Ethiopian capital on June 10.

Last week, mediators postponed the next round of formal peace talks between delegations representing South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his former vice president, Riek Machar.

On May 9, Kiir and Machar signed a ceasefire agreement but within 24 hours both parties were blaming each other for violating the truce after heavy clashes ensued.

The IGAD mediation team on Thursday convened a two-day ‘multi-stakeholder symposium,’ bringing together more than 250 South Sudanese from government, the opposition, political parties, faith-based groups and civil society organizations.

According to a statement, the symposium featured international experts who offered insight into key areas of negotiations that including: transitional governance arrangements and interim institutions; justice, reconciliation and healing; security arrangements; and constitutional development and reform.

“Participants informally explored and discussed the issues with the subject matter experts, in order to further advance their understanding and concept of the issues,” the statement said.

IGAD Special Envoy General Lazaro Sumbeiywo, who chaired the deliberations, said the event was not a platform for negotiations, but served as a forum to educate, inform and share knowledge and experiences with participants.

Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom drew delegates to the May 9 Agreement to Resolve the Crisis in South Sudan, which committed all parties to the principle of inclusivity and the involvement of key stakeholders from South Sudan in the peace process.

“The region and the international community strongly believe that the only way to resolve the crisis in South Sudan is through genuine and inclusive political dialogue,” said the Minister who is also the Chairman of the IGAD Council of Ministers.

He appealed to IGAD member states and development partners to assist the South Sudanese reach a solution that is sustainable, and one that reflects their common vision.


Also related to this story

IGAD teams commence operations in South Sudan

Oil fans flames of South Sudan war

Prof. Mamdani speech on S. Sudan: Part II

South Sudan talks adjourned for two weeks
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Mbabazi steps aside as NRM secretary general
National Resistance Secretary General, Amama Mbabazi, has taken leave of absence from office....
Makerere university students strike
Makerere university students have gone on strike protesting a hike in graduation fees....
European foreign ministers gather in Luxembourg Monday to try and formalise a joint EU response to combat the Ebola virus amid diplomatic warnings the crisis has reached a "tipping point"....
D-day looms for Pistorius over killing of lover
South Africa's fallen star Oscar Pistorius could be jailed for 10 years or return to serve house arrest Tuesday when he will be sentenced for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp....
Egg freezing: controversial new benefit in the US workplace
Free meals, four months of maternity leave and now egg-freezing: Facebook''s latest gift to its employees has rekindled debate on the role of women in the company....
The man who said no to free love: Paul VI on first step to sainthood
Pope Paul VI, the man who cracked down on free love during the 1968 revolution and carried out sweeping changes to the Church, will be beatified on Sunday in his first step towards sainthood....
Do Ugandan tycoons prepare their children to take over their business empires?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter