IGAD calls Unity govt to reconstitute Council of State

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Council of Ministers 72 Extraordinary Meeting held on Thursday, 24 June 2021

Intergovernmental Authority on Development Council of Ministers urged the Unity government to expedite the reconstitution of the Council of States as stipulated in the peace agreement. 

 IGAD Council of Ministers made these calls during its 72 extraordinary sessions last week.

 The Parties have completed expanding and reconstituting the Transitional National Legislative Assembly, but the swearing-in of members still yet accomplish.

 South Sudan peace deal was mediated by the regional body – IGAD in 2015. However, the agreement was later revitalized after second fighting erupted in Juba between soldiers loyal to the President of those supporting the leader of SPLM-IO. 

 IGAD said there need to achieve the restructuring and reconstitution of institutions and Commissions at the national level. He noted reform would encourage the Parties to adhere to the 35% quota of women’s representation.

 The Unity Government has been expressing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, logistical and financial constraints on competing some provisions stated in the agreement. For example, the agreement required graduation and redeployment of Necessary Unified Forces.

 The IGAD also appealed to all parties under the South Sudan Opposition Movement and Army –SSOMA to pursue the Sant’Egidio mediation process and adhere to the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement of December 2017. 

 Rome Declaration of January 2020 and the Declaration of Principles of March 2021 were signed by the holdout group with R-TGoNU.

 IAGD Council of Ministers asks the South Sudan government to establish Special Reconstruction Fund and its Board; the formation of the three Transitional Justice mechanisms; and the permanent constitution-making process are vital to the deal. 

 They call the international community to work closely with the Ministries to create an enabling environment for the safe and dignified return of refugees and IDPs.

The regional body commended Sudan for agreeing to host the inaugural Leadership Retreat for South Sudanese leaders and encouraged the RTGoNU, the Parties, and Sudan to expedite the convening of the Retreat.

A revitalized Agreement on Conflict Resolution in the Republic of South Sudan was signed in 2018.

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