ADDIS TALKS – IGAD calls parties for another consultation
Delegates of the TGoNU during the talks in May (file photo by Jale Richard):
By Jale Richard
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is mediating the South Sudanese peace talks, has called for another one round of Intensive Interlink Consultations.
The consultation is scheduled for the 16th -18th June in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
According to a letter seen by Juba Monitor, IGAD special envoy to South Sudan ambassador Ismail Wais said the consultations will identify possible compromises and build consensus between the parties to the conflict.
“It therefore gives me great pleasure to request your excellency to nominate nine (9) delegates (one from each member of the alliance) to attend this consultation,” Ismail Wais, the IGAD special envoy to South Sudan said in a letter dated June 6 addressed to the parties.
This comes a week after the IGAD Council of Ministers in its 62nd extra-ordinary session of the IGAD Council of Ministers on the situation in South Sudan tasked the IGAD special envoy to conduct one more intensive interlinked consultation before the convening of another phase of the peace talks.
During the extra-ordinary session, the council endorsed the revised Bridging Proposal submitted on the governance and Security issues.
This round of intensive Interlinked Consultation with the parties is aimed at identifying possible compromises and build consensus on the bridging proposal. The IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan will report the outcome to IGAD the Council of ministers.
Early this week, president Kiir accepted to meet rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar face-to-face in Khartoum with the recommendation of the IGAD Council of Ministers. According to media reports, Dr. Riek Machar also welcomed the decision for them to meet in Khartoum before end of this month ahead of resumption of the peace talks. The two leaders are expected to strike a deal on areas of security arrangement and governance that would lead to signing of the revitalized peace agreement for South Sudan.