IGAD warns of possible sanctions on South Sudan

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The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) warned South Sudan’s opposing factions to commit to the agreements they signed in May this year or else face sanctions.
Both parties vowed to form a transitional government within 60 days and to ensure unhindered humanitarian support for affected people immediately.
During the 26th Extraordinary Session of IGAD which took place in Addis Ababa, Assembly of Heads of State and Government talked about the Situation in South Sudan.
During the summit which was held on June 9-10, 2014, Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn expressed his disappointment over the failure to honour peace agreements in South Sudan.
The summit, chaired by PM Hailemariam, called on all parties to honour their pledge to allow access to humanitarian workers and warned that sanctions will be in place, including targeted sanctions of any party that fails to comply.
The opposition sides, Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan (RSS) and Dr. Riek Machar, former Vice President and leader of the SPLM/A-In Opposition recommitted to the ceasefire agreement they signed in May.
PM Hailemariam also stated that there was an extreme urgency to stop the war and advance peace in South Sudan so as to address serious challenges in the region. He expressed his appreciation to President Salva Kiir and the Government of the RSS for taking bold step in releasing all the political detainees for their involvement in the ongoing IGAD-led peace process.  
The two sides signed an agreement for a cease fire back in May which both failed to put in action. According to PM Hailemariam, the agreement signed by the two principals of the conflict in South Sudan was an attestation of a significant development in the pursuit of peace, reconciliation and healing and charted a new path of sustainable peace in IGAD-led mediation process in South Sudan.
He also stated that both sides had agreed that they would rededicate their efforts to continue the ongoing IGAD-led mediation process, adding that the region was firmly united to curb impediments on the way of peace in South Sudan.
The Summit was attended, among others, by Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the President of Uganda, Bakri Hassan Saleh, First Vice President of Sudan, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed Mohammed, Prime Minister of Somalia, and Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Djibouti.