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The Government of South Sudan (GRSS) and SPLM/A –IO sign implementation matrix of COH Agreement

The Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GRSS) and SPLM/A – In Opposition signed the Implementation Matrix of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement at the recent urgent Summit Meeting of the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government that convened on 25 August 2014 in Addis Ababa, to consider the situation in South Sudan.

The signing is a key step in operationalizing the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed by the two Parties on 23 January 2014. The terms of the matrix include an immediate freeze in position as well as disengagement and separation of GRSS and SPLM/A - IO forces. The IGAD Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM) will provide assistance to these steps and play its verification role.


CEWARN RRF Steering Committee meets to appraise cross-border early response projects


CEWARN convened the 8th regular meeting of the Steering Committee of the Rapid Response Fund (RRF) on 11 August 2014 in Djibouti. The meeting brought together representatives of the CEWARN regional office, heads of CEWARN's national conflict Early Warning and Response Units (CEWERUs) and Civil Society organisations from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda, to review progress in the implementation of ongoing response projects.

Representatives of development partners that support the fund were also present at the meeting. The Rapid Response Fund (RRF) was set up in 2009 as a regional basket fund to support locally driven and timely response projects to contain the spread and escalation of violent conflicts along IGAD Member States’ borders.


Latest Press Release from IGAD Special Envoys for South Sudan, 5 Aug'14

IGAD Special Envoys issued a Press Release on 5 August 2014 expressing concern over the absence of the SPLM/A - In Opposition, today (the second day) of at Multi-stakeholder roundtable peace talks for South Sudan in Addis Ababa.

Refer to Press Release

Multi-stakeholder roundtable Peace Talks for South Sudan resume in Addis Ababa

The fifth session of IGAD-led Multi-stakeholder roundtable Peace Talks for South Sudan that was initially scheduled to commence on 30 July 2014 resumed on 4 August 2014 in Addis Ababa. The session’s key agenda will be to finalize and sign the Cessation of Hostilities Matrix and negotiations on details of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU).


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