Addis Ababa, 9 Feb. 2020: South Sudan Liberty News understood from the reliable source from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, that among the IGAD's closed-door meeting agendas are; the two critical outstanding issues of pre-transitional tasks in the South Sudan peace process, that is the issues of the number of states and their internal boundaries and issue of unified forces [security arrangements].
The source further revealed that before the regional members of IGAD went into their closed-door meeting, the current Chairperson of IGAD who is the President of the Republic of Djibouti, H.E. Ismail Omar Guelleh, briefed the media and welcomed IGAD member states and commended them for their remarkable efforts of ensuring peace and security in South Sudan.
Djibouti's head of state said some of the issues related to the state and their boundaries in South Sudan need to be addressed and resolved before the formation of a transitional Government due on 21 February 2020.
“As we are approaching the 100 days extension due on 21 February 2020, we urge all warring parties in South Sudan to resolve all the outstanding issues and pave a way for the everlasting peace,” said H.E. Ismail Omar Guelleh.
The African Union [AU] Commissioner for Peace and Security, Amb. Smaїl Chergui commended President Yoweri Museveni for his peace efforts in South Sudan. He urged all parties in South Sudan to respect the extension of 21 February and form a unity government.
The eight-member states of IGAD further according to the source discussed the issue of locust invasion of the region. “IGAD regional body has expressed concern about the speed and scale with which the locust invasion is affecting IGAD member states and the devastating impact of its aftermath on food security in the region.”