The 2nd Phase of the Revitalization Process on South Sudan commences

Aimed at discussing concrete measures to restore permanent ceasefire; forging full and inclusive implementation of the Agreement and developing a revised and realistic timeline and implementation schedule towards a democratic election at the end of the transition period, the second phase of the High-Level revitalization Forum (HLRF) convened today (February 05, 2018) in Addis Ababa. The forum brought together signatories of the peace agreement including, delegates representing the government, political parties and oppositions and Civil Society organizations and estranged groups.

Welcoming the participants Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, Ethiopian Foreign Minister and Chairperson of the IGAD Council of Ministers commended IGAD Member States for their strong commitments in ensuring the successful outcome of the first phase revitalization process. The Minister praised the AU, the UN, China, Japan, the Troika, the IPF and all other stakeholders for their unreserved support to the peace process. He highly praised the comprehensive and objective report provided by the JMEC, CTSAMM on the implementation of the cessation of Hostilities. Saluting the parties who commit themselves to Agreement signed on December 2017, Dr. Workneh strongly condemned violators and spoilers of the truce and stressed that they will be held accountable. The Minister called on all the parties to the Agreement to take advantage of the precious opportunities attached to the second phase HLRF.

Quoting Mahtama Gandhi, Chairperson of the AU, Moussa Faki Mahmat noted, "Non Violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of mankind."  Naming the conflict as "a daring insult to the human values", Moussa Faki expressed his hope that all the stakeholders to the process will transcend beyond their ego and selfish desire and commit themselves to the ongoing process.

Deputy Chairperson of JMEC also noted peace is achievable and "what is needed is now a sense of comradeship and the same spirit that was witnessed on the first phase of the HLRF." Nicholas Haysom – UN special envoy to South Sudan underscored the criticality of inclusivity and callled for a comprehensive security arrangement mechanism and strong oversight and monitoring mechanism to fast track the peace process. 

The second phase of the HLRF will continue until February 14.