In its 67th Extraordinary Session held on Tuesday, IGAD endorsed the six months extension of the pre-transition period that all South Sudanese parties have agreed during their last week meeting in Addis Ababa.
IGAD has been examining the implementation of Revitalized Peace Agreement for South Sudan accorded among the conflicting parties of the country.
The Extraordinary Session was aimed at taking stock of the progress made in the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement and the challenges encountered in meeting some of the key timelines and benchmarks, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It was recalled that the parties met under the auspices of IGAD to review the status of implementation of the pre-transitional tasks, identify key challenges last week in Addis Ababa.
In his remark, Chairman of IGAD’s Council of Ministers, Gedu Andargachew appreciated the commitment of the parties to reach at consensus in extending the pre-transitional period for six months to allow for the full implementation of critical pending tasks.
He also commended the Transitional Government of National Unity for its pledges to extend 100 million USD to expedite the implementation of the pending tasks. It would encourage the regional and international partners to do so, he said. .
In spite of some of the challenges and delays in meeting some of the timeliness and benchmarks, he recognized that the progress which has been made signing of the revitalized peace agreement.