CEPO: IGAD Ends Revitalization Forum, Sets New Deadline for the Final Peace Deal

Posted: June 23, 2018 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in CEPO, HLRF, Junub Sudan

 Press Statement from CEPO: IGAD has ended the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) and Set a New Deadline for the Final Peace Deal between President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek MacharStrutural Complexity for South Sudan Peace Process

Saturday, June 23, 2018 (2018) — The East African bloc, IGAD, has ended the revitalization forum and gave a two-week deadline from 21st June, 2018 for a final peace deal in South Sudan to be sign in Ethiopia-Addis Ababa, a top government official said. Michael Makwei Lueth, South Sudan’s Minister of Information, said the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) has come to an end.

“It is agreed that the revitalization has come to an end and as a result the meetings will continue in three phases,” he said. “Phase one, we will go to Khartoum on June 25 to go and discuss the outstanding issues and initial whatever is agreed there. After that there shall be held the AU summit and after the AU summit we will move to Kenya where we will go and continue negotiating on the outstanding issues,” he explained.

Community Empowerment for Progress Organization-CEPO appreciates IGAD for the past efforts for helping South Sudanese to find solution to their on-going violence. The efforts of IGAD with support from friends of South Sudan are commendable. Now the great challenge is, there are too many processes on action for searching solution to the on-going violence in South Sudan. There is need to conduct triple (IGAD, AU and UN) conference on the way forward for South Sudan peace urgently.

Mr. Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of CEPO says the complexity of approach from the region on resolving the on-going violence in South Sudan. Without proper coordinated approach for resolving the conflict in South Sudan, the violent approach will take long time. The conflicting parties have started developing preference for approach for resolving the political clash. The region need to be pro-active in coordinating approaches for helping South Sudanese find inclusive sustainable solution to the on-going violence.

The forthcoming AU Peace and Security Council and AU Head of States and Government Summit should concern facilitation of evaluation and assessment of the efforts conducted on finding solution to South Sudan conflict. Then, adopted final approach within the context of 2015 peace agreement revitalization or new approach for attaining inclusive and sustainable peace. Mr. Yakani stressed.

Finally, CEPO is urging IGAD to update the citizens on the outcomes of the face-to-face meeting of the president and Dr. Riek Machar. We are expected the AU summit to take effective and efficient decisions for strengthening efforts for pushing and pressuring the South Sudan conflicting parties to resolve their on-going political difference in non-violent manner.

Peace Update from CEPO

The Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) is a non-profit, civil society, South Sudanese organization, registered by the Ministry of Justice on 17th November 2010. The organization was initially formed in Khartoum in 1999 and consisted of mostly University students, but its scope broadened after it was established in Juba, Southern Sudan as a separate entity. Presently, CEPO is engaged in the areas of Peace and conflict mitigation, human rights, rule of law, livelihood, governance and democratic transformation. Mr. Edmund Yakani Berizilious is the Executive Director of CEPO.

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