South Sudan will host the 10th executive council meeting of the Inter Parliamentary Union of Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IPU-IGAD) member states.
According to a statement from the office of the deputy speaker of the South Sudan Parliament, the council will convene in Juba from March 15, hosted by the speaker of South Sudan Transitional National Legislative Assembly Hon Anthony Lino Manaka.
The Executive of the IPU-IGAD is chaired by Ethiopia. The executive council is the second organ after the Speakers conference (an equivalent of IGAD head of state summit).
According to the statement, the decision to convene the 10th executive council meeting in Juba was reached during the Speakers Conference held in Kamuli, in September 2016. The meeting was preceded by an IPU-IGAD fact-finding mission to Juba on November 10, 2016, which assessed the political and security situation in the country and gave a go ahead for the meeting to take place in Juba. “The event exceptionally reiterates the satisfaction of the IGAD with the positive development witnessed in the state of South Sudan,” the statement reads in part.
The 8th regional speakers meeting in Kamuli called on IGAD Member States to heighten their fight against forces of instability, terrorism and cross border criminal activities.
Delegates at the meeting discussed the worrying state of security in the IGAD Member states. But as the Meeting was being held, violence and conflict played out in varying degrees in South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia.
Mr Makana, appealed for help on ending conflict from IPU-IGAD.
“We in the TNLA, as representatives of the people, are urging IGAD parliaments to support the Transitional Government of National Unity and its efforts to restore peace and security in the country,” Makana said then.