National Dialogue Committee hails IGAD for meeting armed groups
Angelo Beda, Co-chair of the National Dialogue Steering Committee, addressing journalists at Freedom All yesterday, 17th October 2017, photo by Morris Dogga, Juba Monitor:
By Morris Dogga
The Co-chair of the national dialogue steering committee, Angelo Beda, has hailed the regional security and trade bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) team for meeting all the armed groups that are opposing the government.
He said the meeting with the armed groups was a positive step towards a successful national dialogue. Beda revealed that the armed groups that the IGAD team met had agreed on five issues, which included; cessation of hostilities and declaration of unilateral ceasefire amongst others.
“The most important thing is that they have met all the armed groups and all of them have agreed to participate in the revitalisation process and have agreed in principle for cessation of hostilities and declaration of ceasefire,” Beda said.
He said they were looking forward to a greater cooperation between the national dialogue committee and the IGAD team that was engaged in the peace process. He made this statement yesterday after meeting with the IGAD delegation that was sent to start consultations with the relevant authorities on the revitalisation process.
Mr. Beda insisted that there was no conflict between the national dialogue and the peace agreement, which was signed in August 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He further said there were areas where the peace process could help the National Dialogue.
He also said there were certain areas where the national dialogue process could contribute more towards peace than the peace process itself.
On his part, the IGAD envoy to South Sudan, Ambassador, Ismail Waise, said their meeting with the National Dialogue Committee was very positive and constructive, adding that they hope to continue with such meetings in the near future. The IGAD team is in the country to start the revitalisation process.