Saturday, 27 January 2018 13:26


(For Immediate Publication)

27th January 2018, Juba, South Sudan

The Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) H.E. Festus Mogae has on Saturday asked the IGAD regional states to maintain a unified approach, demonstrate One Voice, challenge those who peddle self-interest” towards the implementation of the South Sudan pact.

Addressing the IGAD Council of Ministers in Addis Ababa, H.E. Moage said expressed confidence that, 2018 will be “full of expectation” for South Sudan.

He however said, the ultimate responsibility for the direction that the country takes lies with the Government and the parties, but “IGAD, supported by the wider international community, has a critical role to play.”

“It is essential that IGAD remains engaged, committed and focused throughout the revitalisation process, so that the reinforcing and reassuring support of the African Union and the United Nations can be brought to ear effectively and efficiently,” he said.

“Together, we have to help the South Sudanese leaders find and sustain the spirit of compromise and engagement that will deliver long term peace and stability.”

The Chairperson added the IGAD Revitalisation Forum “is a watershed and offers an opportunity that should not be wasted or squandered”.

“I appeal to IGAD to be resolute, without fear or favour, in their determination to ensure its success,” he said.

The Chairperson reiterated his call for “clear consequences” against those who violate the Ceasefire Agreement signed in December last year, between South Sudan warring parties.

“For the revitalization process to be successful there must be a clear understanding among all South Sudanese leaders of the consequences of non-compliance and the determination of IGAD to ensure that agreements are complied with,” he said.

The second phase of the Revitalization Forum is expected to commence on February 5.

“It is beholden upon us all to keep our faith in this process and support it with all the resources at our disposal.”