IGAD Summit on South Sudan Today: Opportunity to Rethink Stagnant Peace Process, End Devastating War

IGAD leaders during the 28th Extra Ordinary Summit in Addis Ababa(Photo: file)

IGAD leaders during the 28th Extra Ordinary Summit in Addis Ababa(Photo: file)

June 12, 2017(Nyamilepedia) —– Today, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an eight-country trade bloc including governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley, and the African Great Lakes, will hold an Extraordinary Summit on South Sudan in Addis Ababa. The summit will deliberate on the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in South Sudan.

Enough Project experts are available for comment and analysis.

John Prendergast, Founding Director at the Enough Project, said: “Because its war is spiraling, South Sudan needs a new, dynamic, and inclusive peace process. IGAD is currently charged with mediating but its approach is inadequate in the face of multiplying armed actors and a dying peace agreement from 2015. If IGAD is unwilling to commit to revitalizing the peace process and make it more inclusive and responsive to the evolving conflict dynamic, then the responsibility for an expanded peace initiative should shift to the African Union and United Nations.”

Brian Adeba, Associate Director of Policy at the Enough Project, said: “The worsening humanitarian conditions in South Sudan and the escalating violence requires that international community leaders embrace a radical rethink of the stagnant peace process. The peace process has ground to a halt in great part because many South Sudanese elites, who have personally profited during these years of conflict, have little incentive to negotiate in good faith. In order to push the warring parties toward a political solution, IGAD and other leaders should support international efforts, such as targeted financial pressures and an arms embargo. All concerned should also recognize how the conflict has evolved. It is no longer a binary duel, but involves many actors whose input is necessary to map a new path for peace.”

Jon Temin, Director of Policy and Research at the Enough Project, said: “This IGAD meeting provides an opportunity for the international community to revitalize its efforts at ending the devastating war in South Sudan.  International efforts require much greater urgency and conviction.  It is imperative that international actors come to a clear agreement concerning who is leading the mediation, and what role supporters can play. While IGAD has at times shown initiative, it has been lacking of late. If IGAD is not prepared to lead and commit the necessary diplomatic resources and political will, that role should shift to the African Union or the United Nations, with strong support from the United States and other Troika members.”

Read “South Sudan Famine is a Wake-up Call to Revive Dead Peace Deal,” an op-ed by Brian Adeba: http://eno.ug/2sKQWmb

Read “South Sudan’s Government-made Famine,” an op-ed by The Sentry co-founders George Clooney and John Prendergast: http://eno.ug/2lI60RG

For media inquiries or interview requests, please contact: Greg Hittelman, Director of Communications, +1 310 717 0606gh@enoughproject.org.

About THE ENOUGH PROJECT

The Enough Project supports peace and an end to mass atrocities in Africa’s deadliest conflict zones. Together with its investigative initiative The Sentry, Enough counters armed groups, violent kleptocratic regimes, and their commercial partners that are sustained and enriched by corruption, criminal activity, and the trafficking of natural resources. By helping to create consequences for the major perpetrators and facilitators of atrocities and corruption, Enough seeks to build leverage in support of peace and good governance. Enough conducts research in conflict zones, engages governments and the private sector on potential policy solutions, and mobilizes public campaigns focused on peace, human rights, and breaking the links between war and illicit profit. Learn more – and join us – at www.EnoughProject.org.

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  • SPLA-IO Should NOT trust this thing called IGAD. It has been part of Kiir’s strategy often used when they see Kiir Sliding to defeat. our simple Machar had been entertaining their artifices yet to his detriment. First ask who are the people who marroned Riak in South Africa? If IGAD is one, then ignore IGAD for GOOD. They are there only to milk the funds sent by donors for the peace initiative but with no agenda to see peace in South Sudan

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