Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has decided to bring leaders of the two major warring factions in South Sudan to the table, the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed on Friday.
The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed on Friday that IGAD’s Council of Ministers, during its Thursday’s 62nd Extra-Ordinary Session in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, has decided to arrange a meeting between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, and his former deputy Riek Machar, who is head of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO).
According to the ministry, the East African bloc in its Thursday’s “successful deliberation” stressed that all South Sudan’s political forces “are responsible for the elimination of the violence and brutality in the country towards peace.”
The IGAD Council of Ministers stressed in its final communiqué that “despite all efforts made so far, South Sudanese parties have not made sufficient compromises to overcome the outstanding issues on governance and security matters.”
IGAD Council of Ministers has decided to submit punitive measures against violators of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) for approval by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government, the communiqué read.
The Chairperson of the IGAD Council of Ministers, Workneh Gebeyehu, said Thursday during the opening session of the bloc’s council of ministers meeting in Addis Ababa that “we have now reached at a decisive moment.”