It is to be recalled that the Parties to the two and a half year-old conflict in South Sudan agreed to a peaceful settlement of their differences after the long-drawn out IGAD-led process of mediation and negotiation that culminated in the establishment of a Transitional Government of National Unity. It was hoped that this process, midwifed by IGAD and its partners in the international community, including the African Union, would bring lasting peace and stability to the people of South Sudan. It is deeply unfortunate that barely four months after the return of the SPLM-IO leader to assume his agreed position in government, it appears that hostilities have erupted once again threatening the sustainability of the peace agreement to which all sides have pledged their full commitment.
10-07-2016, Djibouti: It is with deep sadness that the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) learnt of the eruption of fresh violence in Juba, South Sudan, on July 08 during which forces allied to the different factions of the unity government engaged in deadly armed battles.
Addis Ababa, 27 August 2015: We the IGAD Special Envoys for the Republic of South Sudan congratulate H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan; Dr. Riek Machar Teny, Chairman of SPLM/A-IO, the SPLM Leaders (FDs) and other Stakeholders including the Adherents for signing the Agreement for Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic South Sudan.
Today, Representatives of the United States, the Kingdom of Norway, The United Kingdom, Italy (on behalf of the IGAD Partners Forum), the European Union, and the United Nations signed, as Witnesses, the AGREEMENT ON THE RESOLUTION OF THE CONFLICT IN THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN.
The Representatives welcomed the signing of the Agreement by the SPLM/SPLA-IO, Former Detainees and the Other Stakeholders, and called on the Government to sign the Agreement as well. They emphasized the urgency of achieving peace for the people of South Sudan, and expressed their readiness to assist the Parties in implementing the Agreement.
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.