Positive Developments Gained in South Sudan Peace Process: Dr Tedros

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Addis Ababa, 12 June 2014  (WIC) - IGAD Council of Minister Chairperson Dr Tedros Adhanom said there are positive developments that have been taking place so far in the efforts to build lasting peace in South Sudan.
In his welcoming speech to the 52nd Extra-Ordinary Session of IGAD Council of Minister yesterday, Dr Tedros said there are positive developments which provides/glooms hope to prevail peace in that country.
He mentioned the signing of commitment to the humanitarian matters of the cessation of hostilities, the release of the four remaining detainees by South Sudanese government and the symposium that created a forum for stakeholders as achievements.
The UN, AU, EU, China, U.S are contributed for the positive developments gained in South Sudan, he added.
The progress report presented during the meeting recommended the need to urge the warring parties to fully implement the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and implore them to urgently address humanitarian crisis.
They also urge IGAD Member States, troop contributing countries and other stakeholders particularly the UN to expedite preparation for the deployment of the proposed monitoring and verification mechanism (MVM) Protection Force.
According to the progress report some achievements have made during the third session of second phase of the peace process.
The engagement of the two sides in a joint working committee, signing of commitment to the humanitarian matters of the cessation of hostilities, the release of the four remaining detainees by South Sudanese government are among them.
Resolution of the stalemate on negotiation agenda, the successful symposium that created a forum for stakeholders and the finalization of mission agreement (SOMA) with South Sudan government are also achievements.
According to ENA, continuous violation of cessation of hostilities agreement, worsening humanitarian crisis, delay in deployment of monitoring and verification teams, lack of political will by both parties and continued SPLM/A concern over involvement of foreign forces are challenges to the peace process.