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FM Gedu urges S Sudan parties to show commitment for revitalized agreement

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Addis Ababa, August 21, 2019 (FBC) –Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gedu Andargachew, has urged South Sudanese parties to be more vigilant to implement the pre-transitional period tasks before the extension period elapses.

Gedu, who is also Chairperson of the IGAD Council of Ministers, made the remark at a consultation meeting opened in Addis Ababa to review implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

During the meeting held last May, the parties to R-ARCSS unanimously agreed to extend the pre-transitional period by an additional six months to enable the execution of the critical pending tasks.

Despite some progresses, there are also critical tasks that have not yet been implemented such as cantonment, deployment of force and training of manpower, said the Minister.

All parties need to show their commitment to the agreement for the benefit of the people of South Sudan, he said.

South Sudanese political parties and members of the Troika (Britain, Norway and the US) as well as representatives from IGAD Member States, China, European Union (EU), African Union (AU), United Nations (UN) and other stakeholders are in attendance of the meeting.

During a meeting held yesterday, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hirut Zemen, called upon Addis Ababa-based Ambassadors of IGAD Member States to maximize efforts and play their parts to maintain peace and stability in South Sudan.