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Activist urges IGAD to push for unification of forces

By Adia Jildo

The Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization Edmund Yakani has called on the chairperson of the sovereign Council of Sudan Abdel Fattah al-Burhan to call for an urgent IGAD summit to handle the issue of security for the implementation of peace in Sudan and South Sudan.

President Burhan submitted a proposal yesterday 18th March 2022 for the unification of necessary unified forces and command structure for SSPDF, SPLA-IO and SSOA which was welcomed by South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

Yakani said the decision made is a positive move though cited failure in previous proposals that were submitted.

“Such proposals were being raised several times and none of them were honored. This is the twelfth proposal around the security transitional processes but none of them were honored,” he said.

Yakani said Sudan being the peace guarantor should follow up South Sudan parties to implement the decisions made for the priority of peace and stability in the country.  

“Burhan as a chairperson of sovereign council of Sudan holding the chair of IGAD should call for an urgent IGAD summit so that IGAD will reach consensus on the security in the region,” he said.

He stated that the deputy President of Sudan had reached an accord with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit on the graduation of 50,000 unified forces in a period of one week which was in vain.

He appealed to the leadership of Sudan to take further steps and push for the implementation of the proposal.

 “The leadership of Sudan should be more proactive in ensuring that such decisions are taken serious and such decisions are executed because normally such decisions are being made and unfortunately the decisions are not executed and none of them will be meeting a dateline,” he said.

Yakani cited challenges as the reason leading to slow implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan.

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