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SUMMIT, IGAD is on without S. Sudan

By: Nema Juma

The thirteenth IGAD summit of heads of states started in Addis Ababa Ethiopia yesterday with the main topic being the peace agreement in South Sudan.

Last evening, it was not clear whether government delegation to the talks had left the country while reports from Khartoum indicated that opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar was headed to the meeting venue.

This was confirmed by both the Executive Director of CEPO, Edmund Yakani who is in Ethiopia as an observer and Dr. Machar’s camp who said he left Khartoum on Wednesday for Addis Ababa.

Yakani confirmed that government delegation had not arrived for the meeting. However, it was not immediately known how many days the meeting would take and if it was mandatory for the government to be represented.

Efforts to get comment from the government spokesperson, Michael Makuei Lueth and Presidential Press secretary, Ateny Wek Ateny were futile by time of going to press.

In a press statement, Yakani stated that the ordinary summit’s ultimate focus was to discuss the issues of the leadership transfer and in South Sudan.  The Community Empowerment for Progress Organization(CEPO), urged IGAD ordinary summit in its agenda item of “Any other Business” to have stock taking on the progress of the implementation of the South Sudan peace agreement within the first 50 days of the extended Pre-Transitional Period.

“Already 17 days of the 50days are gone without considerable progress, this is due to untimely actualization of the release of funds such as the 40million dollars to the hand of the security arrangements mechanisms for implementing the critical pending security tasks,” Yakani said.

He stated that the party principals’ demonstration of political will to implement the peace agreement is not encouraging, adding that the risks of wasting this extended 100 days for pre-transitional period without substantial progress is surfacing and faster. 

Mr Edmund Yakani said that the ongoing IGAD ordinary summit should undertake stock on South Sudan peace agreement implementation urgently and make genuine action- oriented decision on the fate of expediting the implementation of the Pr-Transitional period critical pending tasks. A press release from Dr. Machar camp said.

Press Statement

For Immediate Release

November 27th, 2019

On the Visit of H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The SPLM/SPLA (IO) would like to inform members and the public at large that, the Chairman and Commander in Chief of the People’s Movement SPLM/SPLA (IO), H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon and his accompanying delegation left Khartoum for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this evening at about 6:00 PM, for the 13th Ordinary Summit of IGAD Heads of State and Government which will be held on 29th of November 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

We are expecting, at the Summit, the determination of the status of H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon from his house arrest and lifting of the restrictions imposed upon him since August 2016.

Cde. Puok Both Baluang

SPLM (IO) Director for Information and Public Relations

  

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