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The IGAD Council of Ministers (CoM) recalls its statement of 25th January 2018 titled “Statement on The Reports of Violations of Cessation of Hostilities Agreement in the Republic of South Sudan”, regarding serious violations of cessation of Hostilities Agreement (COHA) which called on the Government of South Sudan and SPLM-IO (RM) to undertake the necessary investigation and ensure accountability of Violators.
The Council also recalls its demand on the Parties to provide information of the responsible individual(s)/groups(s) to CTSAMM within one month from the issuance of the 25th January, 2018 Statement. However, the council notes with regrets that no party has submitted its report to CTSAMM as of the issuance of this Statement.
The council is dismayed to learn that in some parts of the Country the violations of the Agreement continued with impunity.
The failure to comply with the duty to investigate and report the accountability measures taken against perpetrators of violations of the COHA can be considered as non-compliance to Article 13 of the COHA.
The Council of Ministers, once again, calls on all the Parties to the conflict to fully observe their obligation under the COHA. It also expresses firm determination to take appropriate actions on the non-compliance to its Statement.
Issued on 20th of March 2018
Addis Ababa, 16 February 2018:
The deliberations during the Second Phase of the HLRF
Recommitment to the Cessation of Hostilities
The Parties will continue to cooperate with IGAD in their urgent quest for lasting solutions for South Sudan.
As the Second Phase of the Revitalization Forum on South Sudan entered its fifth day today (February 9), Parties to the Peace Process have continued holding talks on substantive issues of the Agreement of the Resolution of the Conflict on South Sudan (ARCSS) signed on August, 2015.
Today Participants have commenced talks on Pre-Transitional Period and National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC) stated under Article 13 of the ARCSS.
It was to be recalled that Parties have made a step forward on issues ranging from the Transitional National Legislative Assembly and the Council of States, the Judiciary to the Transitional Institutions and Mechanisms stipulated under Chapter I of Article 11, 12 and 14 of the Agreement Yesterday. They have also reached consensus on Mandates of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) on Wednesday (February 7).
As the Second Phase of the Revitalization Forum on South Sudan, being held in Addis, entered its day four, peace talks are progressing well.
Yesterday (February 7) participants of the Forum have widely discussed on the mandates of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) of the Republic of South Sudan stipulated on Chapter 1, Article 2 of the August, 2015 Agreement . They have made a meaningful step forward reaching a consensus on the Article.
From morning until night, the parties made inputs on the content of the agreement on declaration of principles. The spirit of making inputs was encouraging and motivating.
The Agreement on Declaration of Principles, which is dubbed as the basis of the ongoing talks, is ready for signing later today.