IGAD mediation welcomes initialing of South Sudan draft peace deal

IGAD special envoy Amb. Ismail Wais (C)(File photo)

September 1st 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have welcomed the initiating of the South Sudan peace deal by rival parties in Khartoum on Thursday.

South Sudan government and main armed opposition group, the SPLM-IO led by Machar signed a preliminary peace agreement on Thursday in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to end the conflict in South Sudan.

The High-level Revitalization Forum was established after the decision of the 31st Session of IGAD Heads of State and Government for the parties of the ARCSS including the estranged groups to discuss concrete measures, restore permanent ceasefire, the full implementation of the Peace Agreement, and to develop a revised and realistic timeline and implementation schedule towards democratic elections at the end of the transitional period.

The initialing ceremony was witnessed Al-Dirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Sudan and Amb. Ismail Wais, IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan.  Mediation team from Kenya and Ethiopia as well as representatives from the international partners were also present.

The IGAD Special Envoy, Amb. Ismail Wais, welcomes the initialing of the agreement and congratulates the parties for signing the agreement.

“This is step in the right direction to help the reconciliation and rebuilding ouf South Sudan,” he said.

He further called on the parties to demonstrate their commitment to start implementing the revitalized ARCSS as a matter of priority and to prepare for the outcome of the upcoming IGAD Summit.