IGAD: South Sudan’s warring factions holding direct talks
By Elias Meseret
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has announced today that the peace talks on South Sudan have continued in Bahir Dar today. The Sixth Session of the Second Phase of the IGAD led multi-stakeholder peace talks on South Sudan have also officially opened today.
IGAD said the participants have accepted the First Draft of the Text Arising from the 25 August Protocol and Stakeholders’ Positions as a basis for the negotiations in Bahir Dar, the capital of the Amhara National Regional State.
Since reconvening on 13 September 2014, the IGAD mediators have engaged and consulted with the delegates to build consensus on the way forward for the South Sudan peace process.
It is to be recalled that IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government endorsed the Protocol on Agreed Principles on Transitional Arrangements towards Resolution of the Crisis in South Sudan in Addis Ababa on 25 August 2014.
The heads of delegations representing the Government of the Republic of South Sudan, the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement in Opposition, the SPLM Leaders (also called former detainees), the Civil Society Organizations and the Faith-Based Organizations were provided on 20 September 2014 with the draft text to review and prepare for the negotiations.