The search for lasting Peace for South Sudan has another chance, but this time, the two arch rivals President Salva Kiir and exiled Dr. Riek Machar must meet face to face and strike a deal.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development -IGAD in its 62nd extra-ordinary IGAD council of ministers’ session last Friday in Addis Ababa directed the two leaders to resolve their grievances that have dragged on since 2013.
“IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government to consult with members of the Assembly on the convening of an Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Assembly and a face-to-face meeting between H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit and H.E. Dr. Riek Machar before the 31st Summit of the Assembly of the African Union to be held on July 1-2, 2018 in Noukakchott, Mauritania,” noted he communique.
In the Communique, the IGAD Council of Ministers urged all the South Sudanese Parties to seize this opportunity to negotiate in good faith and make real compromises based on the Bridging Proposal on outstanding issues.
According to IGAD ministers there has been no tangible breakthrough in the attempts to bring peace to restive South Sudan.
They said that the August 2015 comprehensive agreement on cessation of hostilities has not been honoured.
Troops loyal to Kiir and forces loyal to Machar have fueled conflict leaving a quarter of the country’s population of 12 million either internally displaced or as refugees in neighbouring countries.