On the Tripartite Consultations on the Pending Critical Issues of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) – 9 February 2020, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
As per the resolution of the Communique of the 34th Extraordinary Summit of IGAD Head of State and Government was held on 8 February 2020 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, H.E. Dr. Abdulla Hamdok, Prime Minister of the Republic of Sudan and chairperson of the Intergovernmental Authority on Devolvement (IGAD), H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan with the participation of H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/SPLA (IO) and Designate First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan; and in the presence of H.E. Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, IGAD Executive Secretary, held a tripartite consultations to discuss the pending critical tasks in the extended One Hundred (100) days of the pre-transitional period of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) and to draw the way forward, on 9 February 2020 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The meeting deliberated on the challenges associated with the determination of the number of states and their boundaries, and the implementation of the security arrangements.
1. The meeting agreed to revert to the former ten (10) States;
2. President Salva Kiir request to be given 3 days to return to South Sudan for consultations on the matter with his group based on his request and to report back on the matter to the IGAD chair on the 15th February 2020;
3. The upcoming tripartite consultations shall be held on the 15th February 2020 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and;
4. The issue of the security arrangements and the deployment of the UNMISS troops in the major towns, civilian centers, and the lifeline routes was discussed but the decision was deferred to the next forthcoming tripartite meeting.
In conclusion, the SPLM/SPLA (IO) reiterates its full commitment to the implementation of R-ARCSS in letter and spirit, as the sole way to attain peace in South Sudan.
Cde. Puok Both Baluang
SPLM (IO) Director of Information and Public Relations