Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn, the current chair of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), has called for an extraordinary summit of the IGAD Assembly to discuss the situation in South Sudan.

The summit of the eight-nation Horn of Africa grouping, to be held here Monday, is expected to deliberate on the dire security and humanitarian situation facing South Sudan, according to a posting on the IGAD websit, which noted that the deteriorating security situation in South Sudan had resulted in a sharp increase in the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees, requiring IGAD leaders to speak with one voice to abate the crisis.

Taking into consideration that the situation is expected to become worse with the onset of the rainy season, South Sudan’s neighbouring countries and the international community are making every effort to improve the catastrophic situation, the website added.

IGAD member States have repeatedly urged the parties to the South Sudan conflict to work closely with the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) in the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS).

IGAD had further pointed out that the member States had also expressed the hope that the opposing parties would implement the ARCSS and find amicable solutions. It is with this understanding that the upcoming IGAD Summit will be held.

Source: NAM News Network