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Regional leaders urge S. Sudan’s warring parties to stop fighting

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March 27, 2017 (JUBA) - Regional leaders have issued a statement expressing a deep concern about the humanitarian crisis in war-torn South Sudan, stating that all the necessary measures be taken to save people’s lives and forestall the famine.

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An extraordinary session of the IGAD heads of states meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa (IGAD File photo)

“The Summit decided that all humanitarian corridors should be immediately opened without any conditionality to allow safe access to the affected populations across the country and called upon all factions to immediately stop fighting. In this regard, the Summit urged the Government of South Sudan and all armed groups to declare an immediate ceasefire,” partly reads the 25th IGAD communique extended to Sudan Tribune.

A statement was issued by the regional leaders on the side-line of the summit, where they discussed various durable solutions for Somali refugees and sustainable reintegration of the returnees into Somalia.

Hailemarian Desalegn, the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the chair of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) chaired the summit, attended by Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti, Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan, Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda and Hasabo Mohamed Abdul Rhaman, Vice-President of the Republic of the Sudan.

The purpose of the summit was to urge both the governments of Sudan and South Sudan into making certain that their territories were not used by armed groups that pose a threat to the security of both counties, as well as to implement the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS).

The summit condemned the proliferation of armed groups and called upon all said armed groups to renounce violence as a means of solving the South Sudan problem.

The communique encouraged all parties to fully commit to the implementation of the peace agreement and in particular to focus on the security sector reforms in order to build a republican army that would guarantee the safety and security of South Sudan and its people.

The statement encouraged South Sudan leaders to work towards building an encompassing political process determined through a credible election, where all South Sudanese have an opportunity to determine their leaders and hold them to account.

The summit reaffirmed the continued and collective engagement of IGAD member states in the search of lasting peace, security and stability of South Sudan; and in this regard, committed to the revitalization of Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) and called upon all parties to fully cooperate with the JMEC and not impede the movement of the Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM).

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  • 28 March 09:37, by Eastern

    The regional leaders have lost it; they can’t solve the South Sudanese problems in the context of providing an African Solution to an African problem. It’s time AU invited ECOWAS to replace IGAD in doing the needful....

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    • 28 March 10:23, by Kush Natives

      Eastern,
      Those states are the states that RPF will come from. Therefore, what went wrong here? Because rebels captured Kajo-Keji or there’s any other reason behind rejecting IGAD plan by rebels? Oh my God help us! Sometimes, ones remained confused on what’s what and which is which! There’s nothing else will please rebels, except disarmed them and jail them all! They (rebels) MUST be disarm!

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      • 28 March 11:12, by Lokoli

        Kush, That government will be gone.They do not stay forever. What we knows is Mr President is scare about his future therefore he is confused. There will be no Jeinge Council of Elders. All the times I see your writing. You brags when your militia are killing, rapping and burning villages. What a low personality are you Kush??

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      • 28 March 11:35, by Dengda

        @ Kush |Native
        You too naïve indeed, disarming rebel while you recruiting more people to join rebellion through your silly government which always lies and deny fact and deceived citizens. What pushed Thomas to rebelled recently, its because of lack acknowledgement from government of Kiir, Awan and makuir, Taban lumoro. Call me rebel and I will like that. Disarming Vs inclusive ACRSS.

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        • 28 March 11:50, by Dengda

          Choose one and you will see government is loosing more support, good example Dinka General quit the race and others too. You will do the same when Makuei fail to purchase groceries for your family and price continues to hike beyond your reach. Plan if government continue to turn on deaf to the regional and internal call for inclusivity is regime change, the one you have been singing long time ago.

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    • 28 March 11:33, by Midit Mitot

      International community are become the beneficiaries of this war, they will not do any thing at all , Kiir/Malong forces start killing humanitarians workers in 2014 at Maban county of Upper Nile, and yet doing nothing, today talking nonsense.

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    • 28 March 15:40, by jubaone

      Eastern,
      We must do what we think is right for our survival. IGAD is a chicken without a head. IGAD let Kiir violate the ARCISS 2015 without care and wrote off Riak. What warring parties when Kiir and Taban are already bedfellows? The SPLA-IO Riak is simply defending itself from jienge aggressors and are no longer party to this nonsense. IGAD MUST talk to Riak directly or not. Period

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  • 28 March 10:48, by Dengda

    It very clear and well articulated communique, but follow up, monitoring and evaluation still a long way for IGAD to go. Juba on other hand after they left summit will come issue different statement or rejection of the communique through what they call studies and passes. IGAD must have teeth to win international trust and confident. the communique empathise what opposing voices been singing.

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