IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan meets South Sudan First Vice President
August 12, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan’s First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, met today with the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, Ambassador, Dr. Ismail Wais to discuss a number of important agenda.
According to Machar’s press secretary, James Gatdet, the meeting discussed the status of the implementation of the peace agreement, dissolution and reconstitution of the national legislature and formation of states governments.
Speaking after meeting Dr. Machar, the Special Envoy said he “had a very good meeting” with the country’s First Vice president, H.E. Dr. Riek Machar.
“I had a very good meeting with the First Vice President, His Excellency Dr. Riek.” Dr. Wais said.
“We had some issues to discuss and the most important one was of course the implementation of the agreement” Wais stressed.
According to Dr. Ismail Wais, the two leaders discussed the implementation of the peace agreement and particularly the dissolution of the current Transitional National Legislative Assembly and its reconstitution.
“These were: number one, that is dissolving of the current TNLA and reconstitution of the RTNLA was very important to discuss” Wais said.
“two, I have also congratulated him, like other parties, on the contributions they have made to local states and government structures which is really encouraging and bringing the peace process a step forward” He added.
The Special Envoy also delivered a message from the IGAD Executive Secretary that he will be visiting Juba soon and he has requested to meet the First Vice President.
“I also had a message to convey to him that the IGAD Executive Secretary is coming to Juba and he requested also a time with him. This is also another message I had for him” Wais added.
Dr. Wais commended the little progress that has been made; however, he stressed that the phase the parties are moving in is very slow but on the right direction.
South Sudan’s warring parties signed this revitalized peace agreement on September 12, 2018 and is expected to last for 36 months after which South Sudan may hold her first elections.
With the current phase of implementation, it is not clear whether the parties will meet the transitional period deadline or not.
South Sudan gained her independent in 2011 but quickly returned to her old path of civil war.
Since December 2013, the country has been in a brutal civil war that has displaced more than 4 millions people and left at least 400 thousands others dead.