Leaders of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) here on Monday urged South Sudan rival factions to fully adhere to their commitments and implement the agreement made.
Leaders of the east African block, discussing on South Sudan’s current situations in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, urged the two rival factions to respect terms and conditions of the peace agreement that was signed in 2015 in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who is also the current chairperson of the IGAD Assembly, in his opening remarks of the 31st IGAD heads of states and governments summit on Monday affirmed that military solutions would not solve the conflict in South Sudan.
South Sudan’s peace agreement signed in Addis Ababa in 2015 had failed following resumption of conflict in the capital Juba in July 2016. The conflict has since spread to other regions, including places that were considered peaceful during the initial periods when violence broke out in mid-December 2013.
According to Desalegn, peace and security concerns remain priority areas of discussion by leaders of the east African block. Humanitarian situations and responses that are underway in the world’s youngest nation was also another concern during the meeting.
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, who was invited to attend the meeting, declined and sent First Vice President Taban Deng Gai. The presidency, in a statement, said Kiir had other commitments.
Deng Gai on his part said that the world’s youngest nation is currently working on the upcoming election. According to Deng Gai, preliminary activities are underway in a bid to ensure that the election is free, fair and inclusive. Enditem