Tuesday, Jul 17, 2018

This afternoon, in the presence of Ato Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chairperson of the IGAD Assembly, President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit and Leader of the SPLM/A (In Opposition) Dr. Riek Machar resumed face-to-face talks on the outstanding issues of the mediation agenda as per the 1 February 2015 Working Document. Amongst the critical issues are the structure of the executive of the Transitional Government of National Unity, the power sharing ratios, the composition of the National Assembly and transitional security arrangements.  

Cognizant of the commitment of the Parties to conclude a final agreement by 5 March 2015, the IGAD Special Envoys for South Sudan call on the Parties to accelerate their efforts to reach a final agreement.  The IGAD Special Envoys also appeal to the IGAD Heads of State and Government, the United Nations, the African Union and the broader international community to join the call of the IGAD Special Envoys. 

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Today, we begin the final session of negotiations for the IGAD-mediated South Sudan peace talks.  This is the final opportunity to make progress, and usher in a new era of peace in South Sudan.  We must not fail. 

After months of negotiations, you are all well aware of what must be achieved now.  Genuine compromise and dialogue must take place.  The agreed March 5 deadline to conclude negotiations must be respected, so that the Pre-Transitional Period can begin on April 1, and the Transitional Government of National Unity formed no later than July 9 of this year. 

We, the IGAD Special Envoys, call on the warring Parties to ensure that the meeting of the two Principals, as agreed on February 1, occurs without further delay. This is the commitment that was made by the two Principals on February 1, and it is the expectation of the people of South Sudan, the IGAD region, Africa and the international community at large that this commitment will be fully honoured.   


Ladies and Gentlemen, 

I must repeat my distress, and that of my colleagues the Special Envoys, that violations of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement have continued after the February 1 Agreement.  MVM verified reports on breaches of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement will be forwarded to the chairperson of  IGAD, and to the African Union and the United Nations, as per the terms of the February 1 Agreement. The whole world is watching the conflict in South Sudan, and we call on IGAD, the AU, the UN and all international partners to join us in calling for an end to the conflict, now.  Let me also take this opportunity to thank our partners and the friends of South Sudan

for their unrelenting support for the efforts of IGAD and the mediation. 


Ladies and Gentlemen, 

Thematic committees on transitional security arrangements; economy, justice and humanitarian affairs; and the leadership and governance committee will resume work tomorrow.  These committees must be serious and make real progress.  Much work has been done to close the gap between the positions of the negotiating parties.  We hope the committees will be able to complete their tasks and finalize the harmonization of all of the thematic areas.  We stand ready to help you in whatever way we can.   

I have said many times that the people of South Sudan deserve peace, and that enough suffering has taken place. History will harshly judge all of us if we fail now to assume our respective responsibilities as leaders.  March 5 is less than two weeks away, so we must work swiftly and effectively.  Let us not disappoint the people of South Sudan any longer.  Let us conclude a comprehensive agreement without further delay.  I thank you. 

In the early hours of this morning, H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan, and Dr. Riek Machar, former Vice President of South Sudan and Leader of the SPLM/A (In Opposition) signed the ‘Areas of Agreement on the Establishment of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) in the Republic of South Sudan’ document.

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(IGAD - Addis Ababa) The IGAD Special Envoys for South Sudan strongly condemn reports of heavy fighting in Nassir, Upper Nile State, and near Bentiu, Unity State, South Sudan.

The IGAD Special Envoys implore the warring parties to demonstrate restraint and immediately cease hostilities, in line with their repeated pledges to end the war.  On November 7, 2014, at the 28th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the IGAD Heads of State and Government, the warring parties committed to an unconditional, complete and immediate end to all hostilities.  It is the clear expectation, and plea of the IGAD Special Envoys, that this commitment is fully respected. 

IGAD Monitoring and Verification Teams have been instructed to investigate these latest incidents and determine responsibility for the violations.  

At the start of this New Year, the IGAD Special Envoys urge the warring parties to make the gift of peace to the people of South Sudan, and ensure that the conflict does not continue for one moment longer.

The IGAD Special Envoys renew their call to the IGAD Heads of State and Government, the African Union, the United Nations, the Troika, the European Union, the People’s Republic of China and the broader international community to join them in pressuring the parties to immediately end hostilities and commit to the ongoing peace process. ##

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Hailemicheal Gebreselassie | Communications Officer | Office of the IGAD Special Envoys for South Sudan | E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.| Tel: +251.924.909.948


Amb. Seyoum Mesfin Remarks on South Sudan

My dear brothers and sisters, the people of South Sudan:

A year has passed since the terrible conflict in South Sudan consumed our region’s, and the world’s, newest country.  It is tragic that the suffering and pain that the South Sudanese people have known for decades endures today, despite South Sudan’s entry into the community of independent nations.

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Monitoring and Verification Mechanism

The IGAD Monitoring and Verification Mechanism for South Sudan, headquartered in Juba, was set up shortly after the signing of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement between the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and SPLM/A – IO on 23 January 2014. Its mission is to support the mediation process by monitoring, investigating and reporting the two Parties’ compliance with the Agreement.

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