By George W. Mut,
Nyamilepedia’s correspondent, Bentiu, Unity state.
July 24, 2014(Nyamilepedia) — The adjourned South Sudan IGAD led peace talk will start later this month in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
According to a press release issued on 23rd this month, by the office of the special envoy to South Sudan, IGAD has conducted a broad consultation on South Sudan peace process with the SPLM –Juba faction, SPLM – IO, Former detainees, all political parties, civil societies and the churches in Juba, Kenya and Ethiopia.
“Following the adjournment of the Fourth Session of IGADled South Sudan Peace Process in Addis Ababa on 23rd June 2014, the IGAD Special Envoys have carried out broad consultations with various actors and stakeholders in the South Sudan peace Process.” the report reads.
The aim of the consultation was to take stock of progress, challenges and chart the way forward, particularly on the implementation of the resolutions of the IGAD assembly head of states and government Summit of 10th June 2014 with its main protocols to end the conflict and get the warring faction to focus on the formation of the government of National Unity.
“The resolutions of the Summit included the commitment by the two Principals to the conflict, H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of the Republic of South Sudan (RSS) and Dr. Riek Machar, former Vice-President of the RSS and leader of SPLM/A (in opposition),“to end the war”; and to establish a Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) that will offer the best chance for the people of South Sudan to take the country forward” reads the IGAD report released on July 23, 2014.
The session which is scheduled to run from 30th July to Agust 10th will address how “to finalize and sign the secession of hostilities matrix and negotiate on details of government of national unity.”
The session will also discuss how to facilitate humanitarian operations, without intimidation and barriers, to reach the vulnerable populations in the country. The fourth round will also discuss ways to curb the looming famine.
“The essence of stopping the war is to create a conducive environment for negotiations; and, facilitate humanitarian operations to reach the needy populations and pre-empt the looming famine in South Sudan that is likely to affect millions of the displaced populations.” the report continue.
Fighting broke out in South Sudan last December, 2013, displacing thousands of people to UNMISS camps across the country and 1.2 millions others to the neighboring countries. More than 10, 000 have been confirmed dead and war continues in many parts of the country.
Efforts to end the over 7 months old bitterly fought civil war, by the regional and international actors, have achieved very little on the ground. Both the US and EU governments have indiscriminately imposed sanctions on the two warring parties.
IGAD and African Union threatens to impose sanctions and punitive actions should the parties violate the agreements, a news that is welcomed by the armed opposition although its irritate the regime. The agreements signed in the last 7 months have been violated by the two parties.
George W. Mut, is a Nyamilepedia’s correspondent, who can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org