IGAD Council of Ministers to meet today to review peace talks

IGAD Foreign Ministers during the 59th Extraordinary Session of IGAD Council of Ministers held in Addis (file photo):

By Jale Richard

The IGAD Council of Ministers will meet today in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa to review the progress made from the just held South Sudan peace talks.

Last week, the regional trade and security bloc announced that it will have a Council meeting after the adjournment of the second phase of the High Level Revitalization Forum.

The warring parties failed to agree on a peace proposal by the peace mediating regional body. The draft gave the government the biggest share of the power sharing government.

The opposition groups, including the main arm led by former First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar and others rejected the proposal for what they called “rewarding” the government.

Also last week, the Chairperson of the IGAD Council of Ministers, and foreign minister of Ethiopia Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu said IGAD would after the peace talks hold an extraordinary Session.

In its 61st Extraordinary Session held in Addis Ababa on 26 March 2018, the Council of Ministers of IGAD decided to take the necessary measures against violators of the Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians, and Humanitarian Access Agreement (COHA) signed on the 21st December, 2017 to halt the conflict in South Sudan.

The IGAD Chairman last week said that CTSAMM and JMEC have submitted reports concerning the repeated and serious violations of COHA, which calls for urgent and appropriate action against the perpetrators.

The Council will most likely consider the punitive measures that should be taken against violators of the COHA.

The Council will consider the Report of the Chairperson on the shuttle diplomacy undertaken to the Parties in South Sudan in accordance with its Communique of the 26th March 2018, as well as the Report of the IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan.




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