IGAD: 28 States Should Not Delay TGoNU Formation Urges Rapid Formation

The Communiqué of the 55th Extra-Ordinary session of the IGAD Council of Ministers in Addis Ababa said the formation of the 28 States in South Sudan should not delay the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).

By Jok P Mayom

JUBA, 01 February 2016 [Gurtong]: The Council of Ministers expressed concerns over the decision to implement the October 2nd, 2015 Presidential Decree on the creation of 28 new States saying the action is inconsistent with the terms of ARCSS.

“However, the Council underlined that this should not delay the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) and urges the rapid formation of the TGoNU to enable dialogue on the matter” reads part of the communiqué document on South Sudan.

The Council welcomes the commencement of the work of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM), the National Constitutional Amendment Committee (NCAC) and the Joint Military Ceasefire Commission (JMCC), but notes the limited progress to date in most aspects of the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS).

The Council further welcomes the agreement between the Parties on the selection of ministerial portfolios and the Parties’ continued compliance with the Permanent Ceasefire in most parts of greater Upper Nile, given the fragility of the security situation throughout the country.

The Council urges all Parties to participate in the institutions, and calls upon the Government of South Sudan to facilitate the unimpeded participation of all Parties in these institutions, including in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly, as provided for in the Agreement and demands the full and unconditional implementation of the Agreement by the Parties.

The Council further urges the Parties, subsequent to the formation of the TGoNU at national level, in the absence of agreement on the creation of new states, to suspend further action on implementing the operationalization of new states until an inclusive, participatory National Boundary Commission comprising all Parties to ARCSS reviews proposed states and their boundaries, and that this review process occur, for a period of up to one month.

It calls on the Parties to incorporate the Agreement into the transitional constitution as signed, but confirms that the TGoNU can be formed on the basis of ARCSS, and the provisions which render it supreme to the constitution.

The council also calls on the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to affirm their commitment to supporting JMEC and the Agreement, including their willingness to support consequences, should the Parties further fail or refuse to implement the agreement.

The IGAD Council of Ministers held its 55th Extra-Ordinary Session in Addis Ababa on 30-31 January 2016 under the Chairmanship of H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chairperson of the IGAD Council.

The session was attended by H.E. Amb. Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Djibouti, H.E Amb. Amina Mohamed Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Dr. Abdusalam Omer Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Government of Somalia; H.E. Prof. Ibrahim Ghandour Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Sudan.

On behalf of South Sudan government; it was attended by Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic and Chief Negotiator Nhial Deng Nhial .

Among the attendance also, Amb. James Mugume Permanent Secretary, Ministry Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda, Amb. Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, and Eng. Mahboub Maalim, IGAD Executive Secretary.

The Council was briefed by H.E. Dr. Abdusalam Omer and IGAD Special Envoy to Somalia H.E. Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey on the situation in Somalia and Dr. Barnaba Benjamin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Sudan and H.E. President Festus G. Mogae, Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) on the current situation of the Republic of South Sudan.

After discussing and exchanging views on the briefs and reports, The Council tasked the Executive Secretary to transmit the contents of the communiqué to the AU Assembly, expresses its appreciation to the Government and the people of Ethiopia for hosting the 55th Extra-ordinary Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers.


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