Ramaphosa commends Machar’s participation in IGAD talks

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the participation of Dr Riek Machar Teny, the chairperson of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/A-In-Opposition (SPLM/A-IO), in the High Level Revitalisation talks facilitated by IGAD.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) consultations are taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

President Ramaphosa says Machar’s participation in the talks as a step towards finding solutions to the challenges in South Sudan.

“The President commends IGAD countries for their tireless efforts in pursuit of a lasting and sustainable solution to the challenges facing South Sudan.

“In this regard, he welcomes and fully supports the latest efforts aimed at revitalising the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS),”said the Presidency.

On Sunday, President Ramaphosa consulted with the Heads of State and government of IGAD countries on the peace process in South Sudan. 
He expressed concern about the continued instability in South Sudan which has resulted in a humanitarian crisis and displacement of people.

He also called on all stakeholders to do everything in their power to stop the violence and commit to a constructive dialogue.
“President Ramaphosa has reaffirmed South Africa’s commitment to continue working with IGAD and the African Union to assist the people of South Sudan to achieve lasting peace, stability and development,” said the Presidency.

The President has wished the IGAD meetings great success. - SAnews.gov.za