President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the accompanying delegation arrived this afternoon to the Country after attending Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit in Addis Ababa.
Speaking to the media after arrival, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Deng Alor Kuol said the summit discussed the situation in South Sudan and Somalia. “The discussion on South Sudan was about arms embargo, humanitarian access and the peace implementation”, Deng said.
Salva Kiir left Juba yesterday for the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to take part in the summit.
According to the final communiqué by the regional body, that an arms embargo or sanctions on South Sudan will not provide the solution being sought for permanent peace and stability in the country and stresses that what is required is dialogue, reconciliation and commitment by all South Sudanese parties to faithfully implement the ARCSS and for the region and the international community to support them.
It also calls upon the TGoNU to fully cooperate with the operations of the Ceasefire Transitional Security Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM), UNMISS, and humanitarian partners in particular with respect to their freedom of movement, and stresses that the Government has a responsibility to facilitate the deployment and unimpeded movement of CTSAMM.
“We urge the political leadership of South Sudan to immediately condemn and take steps to prevent any act of discrimination, hostility, and hatred that could constitute incitement to violence. Recognizes and commends the role played by women in the South Sudan peace process and the vital contribution they can continue to make and emphasizes the need for the TGoNU to ensure participation of women during all stages and in all the structures envisaged in the Agreement; Underlines the need for a credible and genuinely inclusive political process, as the only basis for sustainable peace”, reads part of the communiqué.
However, the body expresses its serious concern and dismay that the implementation of the ARCSS has faced a serious setback since the July 2016 crisis in Juba and underlines its firm conviction that the Agreement is the only viable way towards achievement of peace and stability in South Sudan.
“We condemn in the strongest terms the reported systematic targeting, killings and forced displacement of the civilian populations and destruction of property, perpetrated by armed men, including sexual violence on women and girls; with the rising ethnic rhetoric, hate speech and ethnically-fueled violence. Call on all parties to immediately cease all hostilities and condemns declaration of armed uprisings in South Sudan thus calling upon SPLM-IO to renounce violence as means of solving the problems of South Sudan.”
The IGAD 29th Extra-Ordinary Summit on 9th December 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was held under the chairmanship of H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Chairperson of the IGAD Assembly. It was attended by H.E. Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti; H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia; H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan; H.E. Omar Hassan al-Bashir, President of the Republic of the Sudan; Hon. Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Kenya; and Hon. Sam Kutessa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda. Also attending the Summit were the Executive Secretary of IGAD; the AU Peace and Security Commissioner; the Deputy Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC); the EU Special Representative to the Horn of Africa; the UN Secretary General Special Representative to the AU; UN Secretary General Special Envoy to South Sudan and the Sudan; the UNHCR Special Envoy for the Somalia Refugee Situation; the Co-Chairperson of the IGAD Partners Forum (IPF); and the Special Envoys of the UK and Norway to Somalia, South Sudan and the Sudan. Following briefings and discussions, the Summit adopted the following communiqué. On South Sudan