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Ethiopia calls on Sudanese stakeholders to de-escalate tensions

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Addis Ababa, June 19, 2019 (FBC) – The 68th Extraordinary Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers held in Addis Ababa today.

Foreign Ministers of IGAD Members Countries discussed the situation in the Sudan and the progress of the implementation of the revitalized process in South Sudan.

In his opening remarks, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and Chairperson of the IGAD Council of Ministers, Gedu Andargachew noted the importance of encouraging the Sudanese stakeholders to return to negotiation

He also highlighted the importance of finalizing their discussion on the remaining outstanding issues with a view to ensuring a smooth and peaceful transition.

Recalling the efforts of Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed and noting that the PM also deployed a Special Envoy to defuse the tension and assist the parties to reach a peaceful solution, Minister Gedu said today’s session would offer an opportunity for IGAD to work to enhance this initiative.

The Minister also called on Sudanese stakeholders to refrain from inflammatory statements and de-escalate tensions.

On South Sudan, he Gedu emphasized the need to review the progress of the implementation of the revitalized peace process in accordance with the direction set at the 67th Extraordinary Session of the IGAd Council of Ministers, which recently convened in Juba.

The meeting was attended by the Foreign Ministers of Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Uganda.