Communique Of Au Heads Of States On South Sudan's Conflict

"Commends and express strong support to the JMEC Chairperson for his relentless efforts to bring about peace and national reconciliation in South Sudan;"

COMMUNIQUE OF THE HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT OF THE IGAD PLUS ON THE SITUATION IN SOUTH SUDAN The IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government consulted with their colleagues representing the five regions of Africa referred to as the IGAD Plus on 16th July 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda and deliberated on the prevailing situation in South Sudan.

The meeting was chaired by H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and current Chairperson of the IGAD Assembly, and attended by H.E. Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti; H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya; H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia; H.E. Omar Hassan al-Bashir, President of the Republic of Sudan; H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda; and H.E. Nhial Deng Nhial, Senior Presidential Advisor representing the President of the Republic of South Sudan.

Also in attendance in the meeting were H.E. Idriss Deby, President of the Republic of Chad and the Chairperson of the African Union; H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda; H.E. Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa; H.E. Prof Yomi Osinbayo Gcon, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; H.E. Ramtane Lamamra, Senior Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria; H.E. Ban Ki Moon, United Nations Secretary General; Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission; H.E. Alpha Oumar Konaré, African Union High Representative for South Sudan; H.E. Festus Mogae, Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC); and Amb (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim, IGAD Executive Secretary. The Heads of State and Government of the IGAD Plus:

1. Takes note of the communiqué of the 56th Extra-Ordinary Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers issued in Nairobi on 11th July 2016;

2. Further takes note of the report and recommendations made by the Chairperson of JMEC; T + 253 21 35 40 50 F + 253 21 35 69 94 E info@igad.int Avenue Georges Clemenceau, Djibouti P.O. Box 2653, Republic of Djibouti www.igad.int

3. Takes note also of the briefing and recommendations by the AU High Representative for South Sudan to strengthen the collaborative arrangements envisaged in the creation of the IGAD Plus;

4. Condemns in strongest terms the fighting that broke out in Juba on 7th July 2016 between the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement and Army In Government (SPLM/A-IG) and SPLM/A In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO), and the huge loss of lives and casualties caused, as well as the displacement of the civilian population and destruction of property;

5. Condemns also the targeting of the diplomatic personnel, UN compound and Protection of Civilian Sites (POCs) that resulted in the deaths of peacekeepers, as well as the looting of the UN humanitarian stores by armed groups;

6. Acknowledges the ceasefire declared by the leaders of SPLM/A-IG and SPLM/A-IO as a step in the right direction and urges for its full and unconditional implementation;

7. Calls for immediate investigation of the recent violence in Juba and elsewhere in South Sudan with a view to ensuring accountability of those responsible for the breakdown of law and order;

8. Supports the recommendations by the United Nations Secretary General to re-enforce the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS);

9. Calls upon the UN Security Council to extend the mission of UNMISS with a revised mandate including the deployment of a regional protection force to separate the warring parties, protect major installations, the civilian population and pacification of Juba;

10. Further calls upon the parties to honor their commitment that they have entered into when signing the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) and urges them to fully implement the Agreement as it is the only framework for durable peace, reconciliation and national cohesion;

11. Urges the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) to establish without further delay the security architecture envisaged in the ARCSS and provide unhindered access to the Monitoring and Verification Teams (MVTs) under Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM);

12. Calls for immediate cantonment of armed forces throughout the country to separate the forces in accordance with the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements (PCTSA); T + 253 21 35 40 50 F + 253 21 35 69 94 E info@igad.int Avenue Georges Clemenceau, Djibouti P.O. Box 2653, Republic of Djibouti www.igad.int

13. Appeals to the international community and humanitarian agencies to come to the rescue of affected populations in South Sudan by strengthening their presence and mobilizing requisite resources and in this connection, demands the parties to guarantee safe humanitarian corridors for passage of displaced communities and delivery of humanitarian supplies;

14. Commends and express strong support to the JMEC Chairperson for his relentless efforts to bring about peace and national reconciliation in South Sudan;

15. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.

 

 16th July 2016, Kigali, Rwanda

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