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IGAD summit to discuss 6 recommendations by recent symposium

Author : | Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The IGAD mediators of the South Sudan Peace Dialogue have forwarded six recommendations passed by the stakeholders’ forum to the Heads of State summit this afternoon.

Over 250 participants from South Sudan met on Friday and Saturday in Addis Ababa to discuss ways of ending the five-month conflict.

IGAD Special Envoy Retired General Lazarus Sumbeiywo told IGAD Council of Ministers this morning that the South Sudanese participants agreed on six urgent issues that the IGAD Heads of State should consider in their meeting.

Heads of State from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan will meet this afternoon after the IGAD Council of Ministers’ meeting to deliberate on how to end the crisis.

General Lazarus Sumbeiywo said the recommendations by the participants of the South Sudan Forum include calls for addressing humanitarian crisis and immediate end to the war.

“These are things we plead with the Heads of State as they meet today to seriously look into and assist us in the process to achieve peace in the shortest time possible,” said Gen Sumbeiywo.

General Sumbeiywo said the session four of the political dialogue on South Sudan peace process was launched yesterday.

President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar are expected to endorse a new resolution on speeding up the process of the negotiations between the two parties.

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