Juba, South Sudan | THE INDEPENDENT REPORTER | The Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Council of Ministers chaired by the Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs Workney Gebeyehu has hailed Uganda’s Presdient Yoweri Museveni for his efforts to unite the factions of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).
In a statement, after the 58th Extra-Ordinary Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers concluded in Juba, IGAD said they welcome the effort and urged that it complements the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS)
The IGAD Council hailed ” the efforts of the President of the Republic of Uganda to reunite different factions of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) and affirms that the President’s initiative complements the decision by the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government to revitalize and achieve full implementation of the ARCSS.”
The meeting also hailed the Steering Committee of the South Sudan National Dialogue in reaching out to the opposition and calls upon them to expeditiously move forward in an inclusive, genuine and transparent manner; in this regard, underlines the importance of the National Dialogue as a complementary process to the implementation of the ARCSS and as a means to reconciliation of the South Sudanese at a grassroots level.
The Council held a meeting with various stakeholders on South Sudan including representatives of regional and international partners, faith-based organizations, eminent personalities, youth, women, the civil society and the business community. The IGAD minister also met South Sudan President Salva Kiir.
The Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is an eight-country trade African block. Henry Oryem Okello, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs represented Uganda at the meetings.
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