Full text: Outcome of the IGAD Council of Ministers’ meeting on South Sudan

Update on the outstanding issues at the IGAD Council of Ministers and Heads of State and Government on South Sudan

President Salva Kiir Mayardit and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar

February 9th, 2020 (Thessherald )—Today 8th February 2020, the IGAD Council of Ministers held its 70th Extraordinary Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers on the situation of the Republic of South Sudan to discuss two agendas as follows:

1. Review the status of implementation of the revitalized agreement on the resolution of conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, and
2. Chart way forward on what to be taken.

According, the Council deliberated and recommended 23 States plus Abyei Administrative Area and 10 States plus two Adminstrative Areas of Pibor and Abyei and subsequently presented the two options to the 34th Extraordinary Summit of the IGAD Heads of states and Government.

The Summit deliberate on the recommendations while the Government of the Republic of South Sudan maintains its position on 32 plus States.

As a result, the debate did not reach any consensus and the IGAD Summit is adjourned to tomorrow.

The Heads of State advised Sudan and Uganda to sit down with the two principals of South Sudan to agree on the way forward to resolve the problem of states. After the guarantors finished meeting with the two principals, they will then report to the Heads of state of IGAD on Sunday.

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