Communiqué of the 32nd extra-ordinary submit of IGAD on South Sudan

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After considering the report of the IGAD Special Envoy as well as statements made by the Chairperson of JMEC and the representatives of partner countries and organizations, and considering interventions made by the Heads of State and Government, the Assembly issued the following communiqué on South Sudan.

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The Assembly:

1. Recalls the mandate entrusted to the IGAD Council of Ministers on June 12, 2017 at its 31st Extra-Ordinary Session authorizing the Council “to urgently convene a High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) of the parties to the ARCSS including estranged groups to discuss concrete measures, to restore permanent ceasefire, to full implementation of the Peace Agreement and to develop a revised and realistic timeline and implementation schedule towards democratic election at the end of the Transition Period”;

2. Recalls also the communiqués of the IGAD Council of Ministers issued since June 2017 on South Sudan and the recommendations made thereof;

3. Takes note of the statement by the Chairperson of the IGAD Assembly and the HLRF Progress Report of the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan as well as the statement by the Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC);

4. Affirms that the HLRF has been successfully conducted and that it has been an inclusive process that enabled all Parties to the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS), including the estranged groups and other South Sudanese Stakeholders, Faith-Based Groups, Civil Society Organizations, women and youth to participate in the process;

5. Welcomes the face-to-face talks held on 20th June 2018 between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr. Riek Machar Teny under the auspices of the IGAD Chairperson, H.E Dr Abiy Ahmed Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Encourages the two leaders to work together and mobilize the people of South Sudan toto solve end the conflict in South Sudan;

6. Recognizes that as a result of the HLRF process, the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Access (CoHA) was signed by all Parties and Stakeholders on December 21st, 2017. The Summit considers this as an achievement upon which a Permanent Ceasefire shall be based;

7. Urges all the parties to ensure unimpeded humanitarian corridors, access and guarantee safety of humanitarian workers;

8. Commends the South Sudanese Parties and Stakeholders for making significant progress in the revitalization process; and calls upon them to make further compromises and expeditiously conclude the process;

9. Mandates President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir to facilitate a second round of face–to-face discussion between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr Riek Machar Teny within two weeks to build on the Addis Ababa face-to-face talks to:

I)  Resolve the outstanding issues on Governance and Security Arrangements based on the revised Bridging Proposal of the IGAD Council of Ministers; and

II) Discuss measures to be taken to rehabilitate the oil sector through bilateral cooperation between the Republic of South Sudan and the Republic of Sudan; and the role of the two South Sudanese Parties in creating conducive security environment for the optimal operation of the oil sector;

10. Decides also that H.E President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir shall inform President Uhuru Kenyatta the outcome of the discussion between the two parties;

11. Decides further that President Uhuru Kenyatta will facilitate a third round of face-to-face discussion between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr Riek Machar Teny in Nairobi to facilitate the revitalization process and report the outcome and way forward to the upcoming Ordinary Session of the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government;

12. Instructs the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan and the Facilitation Team to identify areas of agreement and disagreement of the parties and submit to the IGAD Council for its further consideration in Mauritania at the sideline of the forthcoming AU Summit, and to renderrender all necessary support to the above process;

13. Agrees that the SPLM/A-IO leader H.E Dr. Riek Machar Teny may relocate to any country of his choice except those neighboring South Sudan and that he shall be allowed to enter into and exit from Sudan and Kenya for the duration of the HLRF;

14. Condemns in the strongest terms the repeated violations of the CoHA by the parties as reported by the Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Mechanism (CTSAMM) and JMEC; Instructs the IGAD Council of Ministers to establish a committee to consider the violation reports submitted by CTSAMM and JMEC and report to the next Summit the appropriate targeted punitive measures to be taken;

15. Decides that the issue of the number of States in the Republic of South Sudan be resolved in accordance with the recommendations contained in the Communiqué of the 55th Extra-Ordinary Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers issued on 31st of January 2016;

16. Expresses its appreciation to the Chairperson and members of the IGAD Council of Ministers, the Special Envoy for South Sudan, the High-Level Facilitators, the Chairpersons of JMEC and CTSAMM, and the HLRF taskforce for their assistance to the South Sudanese stakeholders in their endeavor to revitalize the ARCSS;

17. Expresses also its appreciation for the steadfast support and solidarity extended to IGAD by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and the Secretary General of the United Nations, and calls up on them to continue to stand firmly behind IGAD in the final stages of the revitalization process and its implementation;

18. Expresses further its gratitude to the international community; in particular, the European Union, IGAD Partners Forum, Troika (USA, UK, Norway) and China for their political support and financial assistance rendered in support of the revitalization process and calls upon them to continue their support in the finalization of the HLRF process; and urges them to remain seized of the HLRF process and implementation of its outcome.

19. Decides to remain seized of the matter;

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