PM launches IGAD-Plus mediation on South Sudan

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Ethiopian Prime Minister and Chairperson of the IGAD Assembly of Heads of States and Government Hailemariam Desalegn launched the IGAD-PLUS mediation process for South Sudan.
Hailemariam said IGAD was prompt to take the initiative to engage warring parties to stop the conflict and begin negotiations to resolve the dispute.
The prime minister said that the mediation had achieved substantive progress in addressing some of the critical issues in the peace process.
He noted that the Peace and Security Council of the African Union had established the AU High-Level Ad-hoc Committee of Heads of States and Government from Algeria, Chad, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa, to strengthen Africa’s support to IGAD and to assist South Sudanese parties and stakeholders to achieve durable peace.
The Comprehensive Peace Agreement for Sudan and the conclusion of the protracted peace process in Somalia were concrete examples of the success of such partnerships for peace in the past, he said.
The IGAD meeting agreed that it was important to approach the issue from an international viewpoint and use every effort to achieve a breakthrough.
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