IGAD Mediation Team says there is major progress on cessation of hostilities

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Addis Ababa, 9 January 2014 (WIC) - The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Mediation Team to South Sudan said there is indeed major progress on the issue of cessation of hostilities as both the government and the detainees have committed to unconditional negotiations.
After concluded a two day visit to Juba between 7 and 8 January 2014, the special envoys noted there continues to be a progress towards political dialogue, a press release IGAD sent to ENA said.
The Mediation team met President Salva Kiir Mayardit who reiterated his government’s position that the current crisis is political and reaffirmed his full support to the search for a political solution.
The President also expressed his government’s commitment to unconditional negotiations on cessation of hostilities in a bid to bring an end to the violence.
The Envoys also met the detainees and held discussions on the crisis. The detainees concurred that the crisis is indeed a political one and requires political solution.
In light of the ongoing peace talks in Addis Ababa, the detainees expressed their support to the talks on unconditional cessation of hostilities.
They further stated that their status as detainees should not be an impediment to reaching an agreement on cessation of hostilities.
The Mediation Team is chaired by Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin and consists of IGAD Special Envoys Gen. Lazaro Sumbeiywo and Gen. Mohammed Ahmed Moustafa El Dabi alongside the IGAD Executive Secretary Ambassador (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim.
Direct negotiation between the Parties is continuing in Addis Ababa in good spirit.