Friday, Oct 19, 2018

IGAD South Sudan

IGAD-led Mediation Process for South Sudan

03-05-2018, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia): On May 2, 2018, the IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan, Amb Ismael Wais, signed a Development Engagement Document (DED) with Amb. Mette Thygesen of the Royal Danish Embassy in Addis Ababa. The DED provides for a contribution of DKK 14 million from Denmark to the operations of the IGAD-SSO (IGAD South Sudan Office)/CTSAMM (Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism).

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26-04-2018, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia): On 25th April 2018, the Office of the Chairperson of IGAD Council of Ministers met with IGAD Ambassadors in Addis Ababa and after deliberation and assessing the positions of the Parties decided to postpone the convening of Phase II of the High-level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) process for South Sudan.

The Office together with the Ambassadors group deliberated on the outcomes of the shuttle diplomacy meetings held with South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA), South Sudan People Liberation Movement/Army – In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO), Civil Society Groups and other stakeholders and has agreed that there still exist wide gaps between the different groups that need to be narrowed.

It is based on this that the office of the Chairperson of IGAD Council of Ministers decided to postpone the next HLRF Phase II to allow continuation of shuttle diplomacy meetings with the Parties to the South Sudan conflict in order to have a meaningful outcome of the mediation.

The office of the Chairperson gave the dates of the next session of the HLRF: 17th May– 21st May of 2018.

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10th April 2018, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: The IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, accompanied by representatives of the Office of the Chairperson of the IGAD Council of Ministers, held consultations on 10th April 2018 with representatives of the South Sudanese Civil Society Stakeholders to the HLRF to discuss key outstanding issues at the Forum, including positions of the various parties and possible compromises. The consultations are pursuant to the decisions of the IGAD Council of Ministers at its 61st Extra-Ordinary Session on South Sudan held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 26 March 2018 to reconvene the continuation of Phase II of the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) to conduct consultations and undertake shuttle diplomacy with the parties and stakeholders to the HLRF to narrow the gaps between the Parties, prior to the next reconvening of the Forum.

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26-03-2018, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia): The 61st Extraordinary Session of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Council of Ministers with focus on South Sudan was held this morning under the leadership of State Minister H.E. Mrs Hirut Zemene of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia at the Headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa.

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Event name: IGAD Summit of Heads of States on the Situation in South Sudan
Venue: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date: August 25, 2014