Juba – The Chairman of Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanism, Mr. Festus Moggae, called for IGAD Summit of Heads of State and Government to be convened in Juba as a response to the recent fighting which threaten the collapsing of the imposed IGAD brokered peace accord to end the conflict in South Sudan.
This call followed the today’s meeting of the IGAD ministers in Nairobi, Kenya, where they also condemn the fighting.
“I also express the hope that there could be an IGAD Summit of Heads of State and Government to be convened in Juba, at the earliest. I can confirm that the Summit has the blessings of the two leaders, and that the earlier the permanent ceasefire is restored, the better” Moggae said in a statement imparted to Wangdunkon Media.
Moggae also called for immediate cease fire from both parties, which they have now done respectively, warning that failing to do so is a violation of the ARCISS.
“I want to again call for cessation of hostilities, and urge President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar to assume their responsibility to protect civilians, as well as guaranteeing unhindered access for humanitarian workers”
He continued that “failure to respect the permanent ceasefire by the parties is a serious violation of the Peace Agreement, and deserves the severest rebuke by IGAD”
So far, fighting has stopped and both parties ussued immediate ceasefire to their forces, but random shooting continue in most parts of the city