Sunday, Feb 28, 2021

26 February 2021 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) warmly   welcomes   the   agreement   reached   by   the Federal Government of Somalia and the Council of Presidential Candidates in a truly Somali-led and Somali-owned process, on various issues of concerns regarding public safety, security, rights to hold peaceful demonstrations and dialogue.

IGAD believes that this is a critical step towards reaching consensus on arrangement for conducting inclusive, peaceful, free and fair elections. In this respect, IGAD   commends   the   Prime   Minister, President   of   Galmudug, President   of   Hirshabelle,   Governor   of   Mogadishu   and   the   Council   of Presidential Candidates for their constructive engagement and prioritising the interest of the Somali people.

 IGAD encourages Somali leaders to continue in the same spirit and iron out all outstanding issues through dialogue, compromise and consensus building.

 IGAD   calls   upon   all   stakeholders   and   the   general   public   to   embrace invaluable gestures shown by the leaders in order to secure peace, stability and extraordinary promise of prosperity in the country.

 

 

 

19 February 2021 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) strongly condemns the violence in Mogadishu in the last twenty-four hours. IGAD further condemns the growing hostility and extreme belligerence in political contests in the country.

The  continued  impasse  over  the  upcoming elections  and the emerging pre- election violence  increases  the  risks  of  instability and  threatens  to erode all the  gains  made  in  the  peace  and  state  building  processes;  and  in  the  fight against terrorism.

IGAD,  therefore,  calls  upon  all  political  leaders  to  immediately  de-escalate tension and re-engage constructively, in the interest of the people of Somalia, with  a  view  to  agree  on  the  modalities  of  conducting  inclusive,  free,  fair, transparent and credible federal elections without further delay.

IGAD  reiterates  that  a  Somali-owned  and  Somali-led  dialogue  is  the  best option  out  of  the  stalemate;  and  urges  all  the  political  leaders  to  seek consensus on all outstanding issues. IGAD will continue to engage all political leaders and other stakeholders on this path.

 

 

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9 February 2021 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) congratulates the Prime Minister of the Republic of Sudan and IGAD Chair, H.E. Abdalla Hamdok, following the announcement yesterday of an inclusive Cabinet.

The new Cabinet incorporating ex-rebel leaders is another step forward towards strengthening stability in the country since the historic peace agreement of October 2020 signed in Juba, South Sudan.

 IGAD hails the spirit of brotherhood that led to the consensus over the formation of the new Cabinet. This is another testimony of visionary leadership from all parties and great wisdom from PM Hamdok.

 Furthermore, IGAD welcomes the appointment of H.E. Mariam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Sudan, and will strive to working closely with Her Excellency.

 IGAD is convinced that all leaders and stakeholders will remain faithful to the spirit of the Peace Agreements towards full and successful completion of the peace process.

 

 

4, December 2020, (Khartoum, Sudan):  Representatives of the governments of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan agreed this week on a roadmap which will outline the next steps toward medium to long-term solutions for seven million forcibly displaced persons originating from and hosted by the two countries. The strategies also include returnees and host populations.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), currently chaired by Sudan, UNHCR, the Refugee Agency and partners, welcomed the conclusions of this first technical -level meeting, building on the unprecedented opportunity to find lasting solutions for displaced persons from the two countries.

“It is a historic moment, for the two governments to come together in search for solutions for their populations” noted Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey, Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa. ‘We have recently seen impressive developments towards solutions. We have a practical and cordial working relationship between the two governments. We have a roadmap. Now we must work together to show the world that to invest in this process is to light a candle for enduring peace, sustainable return and a hopeful future for the people of South Sudan and Sudan.’

The representatives from Sudan and South Sudan highlighted that the uniqueness of the joint initiative on solutions to displacement stems from the complementarity of the two comprehensive peace agreements, including the signing of the Juba Peace Agreement concluded on 3 October 2020, and the continued efforts in the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) signed on 12 September 2018. The governments stressed the need to anchor the initiative within their respective peace deals, which, critically, provide for solutions for refugees, IDPs and returnees.

In the spirit of the peace process, the governments agreed to “a people centered approach,” prioritizing the rehabilitation and recovery needs of Sudan’s and South Sudan’s displaced peoples. They agreed that both governments should work to create conditions conducive for voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return while simultaneously working to implement innovative solutions which enhance the quality for asylum for refugees of the two countries.

Ms. Fathia Alwan, the IGAD Director for Health and Social Development noted that the inception workshop was a start of multi-year journey as durable solutions are long-term endeavors that requires concerted efforts by all parties and acknowledged the support of the core group members including the European Union, Germany, the World Bank, GIZ and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She highlighted that the IGAD Support Platform will be the ideal vehicle to advance the solution strategies for the Sudan and South Sudan displacement situations.

Building on the good practices of the Nairobi Process, and the commitments made at the Global Refugee Forum a year ago, the meeting concluded with an outline of the next steps in the roadmap. This includes national consultations to develop solutions strategies in the respective countries to culminate in a joint comprehensive plan of action. The comprehensive plan will subsequently be endorsed during an IGAD

Heads of State Special Summit planned for the first quarter of 2021, aimed at seeking agreement on the early recovery and longer-term peacebuilding and resilience needs of both Sudan and South Sudan.

Both the Sudan and South Sudan delegations emphasized the need to include refugee and IDP voices at all stages of the solutions initiative to ensure the meaningful role conflict-affected communities have in peace efforts. 

Mr Hans Stausboll, the EU Head of Unit for East and Horn of Africa welcomed the conclusions of the meeting and reiterated EU’s commitment to support the initiative.

UNHCR committed to supporting the respective governments in their efforts to create the conditions on the ground that will permit safe and sustainable return and integration, and called for a scaling up of development support in areas of potential refugee and IDP return.

The first inception meeting was organised by IGAD in coordination with UNHCR and with the support of the European Union, the World Bank, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), GIZ and UNDP.

For more information:

IGAD: Mahamed Abdillahi | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UNHCR Sudan: Corina Iovescu | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UNHCR South Sudan: Aoife McDonnell | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

7 November 2020 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development IGAD expresses its concern on the recent development in Ethiopia, specifically the situation in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia which IGAD is following closely.

IGAD calls the Government of Ethiopia and concerned parties to show restraint, work on de-escalating the tensions and resolve their differences through dialogue and reconciliation.

IGAD and the world community are counting on the perspicacity and wisdom of the Government of Ethiopia and concerned parties to come together and make a final peaceful solution.

IGAD believes that Ethiopia has been a beacon of stability and economic development in the region and a pillar for peace and Security. Finally, IGAD is looking forward to a return of normalcy of the Country soon and will keep on following the development.

 

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