Fifth session of IGAD-led mediation process for S Sudan delayed

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Addis Ababa, 6 August 2014 (WIC) - IGAD Special Envoys, after six weeks of extensive consultations with stakeholders, IGAD member states, and international partners, were due to open the fifth session of the IGAD-led Mediation Process for South Sudan on Monday (August 4) in Addis Ababa.

The stakeholders, including the Government of South Sudan and the SPLM/A–in-Opposition had repeatedly assured the IGAD mediators of their commitment to the inclusive, multi-stakeholder roundtable peace process and to the modalities for comprehensive talks.

However, the SPLM/A-in-Opposition failed to appear on Monday. The Special Envoys renewed their call to the SPLM/A-in-Opposition to honor its commitment to work to resolve the crisis.

The Special Envoys, made it clear that they expected the SPLM/A-in-Opposition to return immediately to the mediation process and fully participate in the negotiations.

The IGAD mediation also called on the people of South Sudan, IGAD Member States and international partners to urge the SPLM/A-in-Opposition) to return to the ongoing peace talks without further delay. (MoFA)