H.E Kiir returns to Juba after attending IGAD Extra-ordinary summit

The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit returned home yesterday after taking part in the 25th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the IGAD Head of States and Government held in the Ethiopian Capital, Addis Ababa on Thursday.

The one-day Extra-ordinary IGAD head of states summit under the Chairmanship of Ethiopian Prime minister H.E Haile Mariam Desalign, was convened to discuss urgent solutions to the ongoing crisis in the Republic of South Sudan.

President Kiir in black hat and South Sudan’s Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin following the proceeding of the summit.

According to the government chief negotiator, the extra-ordinary summit of IGAD heads of state came out with a number of resolutions key among which included contribution of a special peace keeping force by IGAD member states to offer protection to vital government and economic installations in the Country notably as well as the cessation of hostilities monitoring teams that will be deployed in the different parts of the war-affected areas in South Sudan.

On the former detainees known as group seven (G7) detainees whom earlier on expressed willingness to participate in the ongoing negotiations as a “third party”, Hon. Nhail said the president made the position of the government very clear to his counter-parts in the summit that “the next phase of the negotiations will not be the appropriate forum for a third party that is not part of the armed conflict”. The G7 can have a room in the name of the SPLM party or not, to participate in the National Dialogue conference to be organized soon by the Government, Hon. Nhail quoted the president as saying. He said the National Dialogue conference would draw participants from Civil Society Organizations, political parties and other stakeholders.

IGAD Extra-ordinary summit was attended by some IGAD Friends and partners including, TROIKA, EU and the United Nations Representatives.

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