IGAD distances itself from the IG-Kit-Gwang deal.
In a memo seen by NCMP, IGAD distance itself from the IG-Kit-Gwang deal.
Find the memo below:
The Embassy of the Republic of Sudan in Juba presents its complements to the Ministry’ of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the sisterly Republic of South Sudan (Sudan Affaires Department), and all Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations Accredited in the Republic of South Sudan. The Embassy would like to clarify1 that the ongoing talks between the delegations of the Government of the Republic of South and the SPLM/A-10 (Meganis Faction) in Khartoum was not an IGAD led process as it was published in some news media. These talks was not initiated by IGAD, and there were no invitations sent from IGAD to any party to attend Khartoum talks between the parties mentioned above.
The ongoing talks in Khartoum between the parties mentioned above was initiated by the parties themselves; and they have agreed to conduct their talks in Khartoum as a venue only.
The Government of Sudan accepted to host the parties in Khartoum with the following conditions:
- The Government of Sudan supports any effort that could help in the implementation process of the R-ARCSS. and any other efforts that aim to achieve peace in South Sudan. At the same time, the Government of Sudan doesn’t and will not support any direction of reopening the R-ARCSS or any part of it for any negotiations between the parties.
- The Government of Sudan does not intend to open a new forum of peace talks, or to propose any suggestions or plans to the parties currently in Khartoum regarding their ongoing discussion, and Khartoum is only a venue for their discussions with the facilitation of representatives from the government.
The Government of Sudan reiterates its firm position regarding the peace process in the Republic of South Sudan: that we support the full implementation of the R-ARCSS in word and spirit, and all the parties to the Agreement have to commit to each and every part of it. The Government of Sudan welcomes and supports all the efforts of the Regional and International partners to achieve peace in South Sudan through their support to the Revitalized Peace Agreement and through any other peace Initiatives like Rome Initiative for Peace in South Sudan.
The Embassy of the Republic of Sudan avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the sisterly Republic of South Sudan (Sudan Affairs Department), and all Diplomatic Missions and International organizations Accredited in the Republic of South Sudan the assurance of its highest consideration.