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The meeting is in accordance with the invitation extended by Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Dessalegn, who doubles as the current Chairperson of the IGAD Assembly.
“The Special Envoys expect that this critical meeting will help end the violence and killings in South Sudan and provide the necessary impetus to the ongoing IGAD-led Mediation Process towards an inclusive and lasting political solution to the crisis,” IGAD said in a statement.
“With regard to the ongoing negotiations in Addis Ababa, the Special Envoys note encouraging developments as the Parties have agreed to immediately begin tackling substantive issues that address the root causes of the crisis,” it added.
“These include the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and Permanent Ceasefire; Transitional Governance and Interim Arrangements, and a Permanent Constitution.”
War broke out in South Sudan in December last year, with Kiir accusing Machar of attempting to overthrow him in a coup.
Machar denies the allegations, saying Kiir intended to get rid of “reformists” within the ruling party ahead of the 2015 presidential elections.
The fighting degenerated into ethnic cleansing, with Machar’s fighters coming under criticism by international bodies for atrocities in Bentiu and Bor.
Kiir’s Presidential Guard Brigade officers were also accused of attacking Neurs in the early days of the war.
The meeting between Machar and Kiir follows a signing of a “Recommitment on Humanitarian Matters in the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement between the Government of the South Sudan and SPLM/A (In Opposition)” on 5 May 2014 in Addis Ababa.
The agreement includes a commitment to observe 30 ‘days of tranquillity’ starting from 7 May 2014, in order to preposition humanitarian supplies and enable the people of South Sudan to plant their food crops, care for their livestock, and move to areas of safety.
The Parties have further committed to open all humanitarian corridors within South Sudan (via river, roads, rail and air) and from the neighboring countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda).
While expressing their gratitude to the continuous commitment and support of the international community and friends of South Sudan, the IGAD Special Envoys call on the Parties to build on the current momentum in the moving the peace process forward towards a speedy end to the conflict.
Kiir recently agreed to the formation of a transitional government.