IGAD CALLS FOR SUPPORT FOR EFFORTS TO REVIATLIZE SOUTH SUDAN

The Council of Ministers of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD,eight-nation Horn of Africa bloc, has urged all stakeholders to support the High-level Revitalization Process of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS).

The 57th Extraordinary Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers called upon the Africa Union (AU), the United Nations, European Union (EU), China and all other IGAD partners to support the revitalization process, the council said in a statement issued here Monday.

The council also called upon all parties to the ARCSS to seize this opportunity to revitalize the ARCSS. It also urged them to renounce violence and to develop and submit concrete proposals for consideration at the revitalization forum in pursuit of peace in the South Sudan.

Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Botswana attended the session held under the chairmanship of Workneh Gebeyehu, the Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The council also urged the AU to fill the vacuum created by the withdrawal of Qatari forces from a disputed area between Djibouti and Eritrea in order to expedite the demarcation and the delimitation of the border of Dumera and the Island of Dumera to avoid any escalation of conflict between Eritrea and Djibouti.

The council said it had taken note of the brief of the Foreign Minister of Djibouti, voicing the concern of his country regarding the new development of the border dispute between Djibouti and Eritrea which had been triggered as a result of the evacuation of the Qatari forces from the area.

Source: NAM News Network