IGAD - South Sudan: The peace agreement is finally signed
South Sudanese factions that have been at war for five years signed the final peace agreement at the 33rd IGAD Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government, which was held in Addis Ababa and chaired by the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. This historic agreement was attended, in addition to the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Mr. Abiy Ahmed and President Djibouti, Mr. Ismail Omar Guelleh,
the President of Uganda, Mr. Yoweri Museveni; Sudanese President, Mr. Omar al-Bashir, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. Not to mention Mr. Paul Kagame, President-in-Office of the African Union and Mr. Faki, Chairperson of the AU Commission. (Source IGAD)
The agreement, which is the result of a three-month long dialogue held in Khartoum, Sudan, is expected to put an end to the human suffering that has plagued the country's population for five years and has left thousands dead.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, IGAD President and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appreciated the mediators and leaders of the region who made every effort to find a solution in South Sudan.
He added that the South Sudan Peace Agreement has come at a convenient time as the entire East African region is celebrating magnificent peace and reconciliation achievements.
"Our meeting here today is an opportunity we have to lay the foundation for a prosperous and harmonious region for future generations. Once positive development has been achieved in our region, the process of reconciliation in South Sudan has come true, "he said.
According to Abiy, IGAD has contributed greatly to this peace and achieved tangible results throughout the peace process for South Sudan.
"The world is keeping our eyes on us, and if the leaders of South Sudan have finally signed a reconciliation agreement, this is a great victory and a great step towards lasting peace," Abiy said.
He also urged the South Sudanese leaders to implement the agreement without delay "whatever your difference, you must not let a single drop of blood and sacrifice lives".
The current Chair of IGAD has stated that the regional organization will provide the necessary support and will work with the parties to fully implement the agreement.