Press release: IGAD Postpones the 3rd Phase of the HLRF to May 17th

Posted: April 26, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Press statement: The joint statement from the office of H.E. Ambassador Ismail Wais, IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan on the postponement of the HLRF to May 16-25th, 2018

April 26, 2018 (PW) — 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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