KHARTOUM, — The meetings of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) on South Sudan, organized in collaboration with Sudan and China, have concluded here with the attendance of representatives of the international community.

Recommendations which emerged from the meeting which ended here Sunday stressed the need for the warring parties in South Sudan to reach an agreement on ending the fighting which is currently going on, particularly in Central and West Equatoria regions (provinces).

The South Sudan government of President Salva Kiir was urged to avoid chasing Dr Rick Machar and his forces and that the two sides should sit down for negotiations which should end up with a cessation of hostilities, prevalence of security and relief for needy civilians.

Sudan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Ghandour, said in a media statement issued after the meeting that this was the biggest gathering of the partnership and which was attended by, among others, former Botswana president Festus Mogae, who is chairman of JEMIC.

The meeting was also attended by representatives of the United Nations as well as the international envoys concerned with the issues beside African partners from the African Union (AU) and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and Ethiopian.

The meeting discussed reports presented the representative of the UN in South Sudan on the situation in that country and the need to provide assistance to the people affected by the fighting and to the need for restoration of the peace agreement, as well as security arrangements and all issues related to power and wealth sharing.

Professor Ghandour said the participants expressed deep concern over the development of events in South Sudan and re-affirmed their commitment to provide assistance which would stop the escalation of violence there and would at the same time help the South Sudanese attain peace.

Ghandour said the JMEC would meet again on Friday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the assistance of Britain, to look into the recommendations put forward by the recent Kigali Summit meeting on preservation of peace in south Sudan.

The Chinese Envoy to the meeting, John Wa, expressed concern over the developments in south Sudan and called for co-operation among concerned in the international community to end the conflict and stop the bloodletting between the two sides and to start serious negotiations.

Source: Name News Network