Deputy President David Mabuza facilitates Intergovernmental Authority on Development Meeting in South Sudan, 2 to 3 Dec

Deputy President Mabuza arrives in Juba on Special Envoy Mission to facilitate the meeting of parties

Deputy President David Mabuza has arrived in Juba, South Sudan at the invitation of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), to facilitate an important Meeting of Parties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan. The Consultative Meeting is on the contentious issue of the number of States and their boundaries.

The invitation to chair the consultative meeting was extended to Deputy President Mabuza in his capacity as South Africa’s Special Envoy on South Sudan. This consultative meeting is preceded by the 13th Ordinary Summit of IGAD Heads of State and Government held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 29 November 2019. The Ordinary Summit commended the Republic of South Sudan for the strides it has made towards the consolidation of peace, more specifically, for silencing the guns for over a year.

Deputy President is expected to join the IGAD Heads of State in urging the parties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan to accomplish the pre-transitional tasks within the current extended window of one hundred days, and for the signatories to form the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity by the end of the extended period.

The consultative meeting will take place from 2-3 December 2019 in Juba and will be attended by all the parties to the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan. The meeting will further be co-facilitated by the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, the Kenya Special Envoy to South Sudan IGAD, the Sudan Special Envoy to South Sudan and the Senior Advisor to the President of Uganda on South Sudan.

We are hopeful that this consultative meeting will result in consensus on the remaining issues that led to the extension of the pre-transitional period. I have no doubt that all the signatories to the agreement want what is best for South Sudan and her people. Because of that concern for the people and the prosperity of South Sudan, these parties must reach a conclusion on the number of States and their boundaries to pave a way for the formation of the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity and ultimately bring lasting peace and stability in South Sudan said Deputy President Mabuza.

Source: Government of South Africa