Addis Ababa February 05/2018 A high-level forum that discusses the restoration of permanent cease fire, full implementation of the peace agreement, and development of revised and realistic time line and implementation schedule for democratic election in South Sudan opened here today.
In his opening remark to the Second High-Level Revitalization forum, IGAD Council of Ministers Chairperson Workneh Gebeyehou said the South Sudanese parties must think of the people they represent not individuals that strive to clinch power.
The Chairperson stressed that this is the very last chance to move forward and achieve peace in South Sudan.
South Sudanese have had numerous opportunities to change direction and failed repeatedly, he stated, adding that “this really is the very last chance for you to accept your responsibilities and take the necessary actions.”
According to Workneh ,“No breakthrough in a peace process happens merely as a result of wishful thinking or chance rather it requires determination, hard work and most of all the genuine commitment of all parties.”
AU Commission Chairperson, Mousa Faki Mahamat noted that the African Union and its member states can no longer wait for the South Sudanese belligerence.
Stating that about 1.2 million South Sudanese, of which 85 percent are women and children are displaced, he said, “it is more than high time to prove your promises to your fellow South Sudanese.”
Strong and determined political will and act as per the agreed and achieved results of the peace process would “close the very sad chapter of South Sudan in no time”, Mahamat added.
Troika Representative Chris Trott on his part strongly supported IGAD’s decision to take action on violators of the cessation of hostilities agreement.
It is imperative that all parties comply with the spirit of the agreement of the cessation of hostilities, he stressed.
During the coming 10 days the parties will discuss the restoration of permanent cease fire, full implementation of the peace agreement, and developing of revised and realistic time line and implementation schedule towards democratic election at the end of the transitional period.