Summit, IGAD hails parties for silencing guns

By: Sheila Ponnie

The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has hailed efforts made by the South Sudanese parties to the peace agreement for silencing the guns for over a year.

This was revealed after the 13th extra ordinary summit of the IGAD Heads of State and Government, which was held on the 29th November in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

“The Summit urged the parties to accomplish the Pre-transitional tasks within the extended hundred days and form the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) by the end of the extended period,” a statement from the IGAD read.

The IGAD’s 13th summit also commended the Government and people of the Sudan for transitioning in to civilian rule for their resilience and determination.

The summit endorsed the role of Republic of South Sudan in mediating the peace talks in Juba.

In the statement IGAD also called on the international communities to repeal sanctions on Sudan and South Sudan to enable the two countries to overcome their financial problems.

“The Summit call upon the international communities to lift the crippling economic sanctions imposed on Sudan and South Sudan to enable them rebuild their economies,” the IGAD statement read in part.

The 13th ordinary summit of the IGAD heads of state and government was chaired by its former Chairperson Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

The summit was attended by the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta, Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh, South Sudan President Salva Kiir, Somalia President Mohamed  Abdullahi, Sudan Prime Minister  Abdalla Hamdok, Kenyan’s Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Monica Juma, the African Union commission, China, European Union, IGAD  partners Forum, the Troika(Norway, UK and US.

In another development, the African Union has given the leaders of South Sudan ‘one last chance’ to form a government. The country has been locked in conflict since 2013 when President Salva Kiir fired his then Vice-President Riek Machar. He accused him of plotting a coup. The situation escalated in 2016 when fighting again erupted between forces loyal to the two men. A peace deal signed in September 2018 has never been implemented. Last week the two men failed to meet a deadline to form a unity government. In the five years of conflict, nearly 400,000 people have been killed and more than four million have fled the country.

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