IGAD calls for urgent meeting over South Sudan’s peace

IGAD leaders at a past event. Photo: IGAD/FANABC/File

Addis Ababa, November 2, 2019 (SSNA) — The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has invited all South Sudan’s political leaders to go to attend a consultative meeting on November 8 in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, a senior IGAD official told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) today in Addis Ababa.

The meeting, the source says, will be centered mainly on the assessment of the September 2018 peace agreement and ways forward.

“We are worried that a transitional government may not be formed by November 12. So, we in IGAD would like to discuss this issue with all leaders of South Sudan,” explains the official.

“We know all the necessary provisions especially security arrangements have not been implemented. This is a problem,” He added.

The SPLM-IO has confirmed the report, saying their leader has received an invitation and that he will be part of the discussion in Ethiopia next week.

“In reference to the above, SPLM/SPLA (IO) would like to confirm to members and the public at large that H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, Chairman and Commander in Chief of the People’s Movement SPLM/SPLA (IO) has officially received today November 2, 2019 an official invitation from IGAD to attend the consultation meeting of the leadership of the Parties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS), that is scheduled to take place on November 8, 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,” SPLM-IO spokesman, Puok Both Baluang, said in a statement.

South Sudan’s main rival leaders, Kiir and Machar met on October 19-20 in Juba to try to expedite outstanding issues. The SPLM-IO has accused the government of deliberately impeding the implementation of the agreement by withholding money allocated for the execution of the pact. The armed opposition ls o warned that it will not be a part of a unity government if security arrangements are not implemented.

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  • That is how the politicians of South Sudan will continue to fool the Mediator and the International Communities, because the Mediator and the International Communities don’t mind about the suffering of the people of South Sudan.

  • James Noi monydeng
    November 2, 2019 11:01 pm

    Yes please very excellence , and good support for your beautiful young national African south Sudan and world

  • Common sense dictates that a person gets to a top of tree by climbing it right from the bottom. That is the only way a person can get to the top of the tree without external assistance. Similarly the formation of transitional government is what comes last after following up all the terms of the peace agreement sequentially by effecting them on the ground procedurally. Like climbing a tree up to its top, terms like security sector reformation and states number with boundaries that do not infringe the peace of bordering communities must be determined as a vitality for peace implementation that would finally culminate in the formation of the government. There is no way a government can be formed without those terms implemented. It is like putting a cart in front of a donkey and expect it to move normally! The people of South Sudan are closely examining what is unfolding before them. They have been patient long enough for all this drama to go on indefinitely. In fact they have a clear view as to who is holding them in this unbearable situation. It said there is no financial resources for peace implementation while the government that holds the resources of the country can afford to allocate large sums of money for a road construction, lobbying international groups to campaign for dropping judicial accountability for heinous human rights violation in the country that is available in the agreement in addition to supplying money for renovation of ministerial palaces. Who is to blame for our catastrophe here? While all these are happening International community together with our immediate neighbors are mute. I think it is high time our people take a decisive action for peace to come because it looks like peace can only come from our shoulders.

  • Giei Chadhal Giei
    November 3, 2019 7:51 am

    South Sudan Politicians always Build A Bridge where There Is no river.
    Fool Politicians Mistress South Sudan.

  • I like the move, but there is something fishy around, Moseveni should stay away from Prs. Kiir, he should not mislead our president, he is a man of peace, those who are benefiting from this painful crisis will pay in heavy prices soon, God is great, what goes round will turn back to you. we south Sudanese are watching closely what every going around every little day, hours and even minutes, who ever thought is doing secret and benefiting from our suffering, he or she will also pay in a very heavy prices, I swear to God. I deeply request IGAD to find better solution to this country. Formation of Government with Dr. Riak and other main signatories will take this country back to the crazies war that crimes will never been recorded in history of this (country)planet every south Sudanese will make suicide so that other generation to come and live in peace if they are lucky to survive, I should never ever be a refugee in my county anymore.

  • Correction -I want to mean formation of Government without Dr. Riak and other signatories will take this country back to war


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