IGAD to restore permanent cease fire in South Sudan
Ethiopian FM and Chairperson of the IGAD Council Workneh Gebeyehu
shakes hands with President Salva Kiir in Juba following a meeting
with the IGAD foreign ministers on 24 July 2017 (IGAD photo)
August 5, 2017 (JUBA) - The newly appointed Intergovernmental
Authority on Development (IGAD) special envoy to South Sudan, Ismail
Wais has vowed to restore a permanent ceasefire in South Sudan.
The ceasefire, according to a statement extended Sudan Tribune, is to
be achieved through the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF).
The HLRF, it says, aims to bring together Parties to the Agreement on
the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) and other
stakeholders including estranged groups to discuss concrete measures
of restoring the permanent ceasefire.
“During the two-day mission, the special envoy met with key officials
from the Transitional Government of National Unity, the UN Mission in
South Sudan and the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission,” it
The HLRF is also expected to develop a revised and realistic timeline
and implementation schedule towards a democratic election at the end
of the transition period.
The convening of the HLRF was authorized by the extraordinary summit
of IGAD Heads of State and Government, which was held in the Ethiopian
capital, Addis Ababa on 12 June 2017.
“The Summit mandated the IGAD Council of Ministers to urgently
facilitate the convening of the Forum,” further noted the statement.
As such, however, the IGAD Council held two extraordinary sessions on
2 and 24 July 2017 in Addis Ababa and Juba respectively, which led to
the eventual convening of the forum due next month.
Last month, regional leaders at a summit meeting held in Addis Ababa
called for the revitalization of the 2015 South Sudan peace accord,
saying the agreement was the only solution to end its civil war.
IGAD is an eight-member economic bloc that brings together Ethiopia,
Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda.
Over a million people have fled South Sudan since conflict erupted in
December 2013 when President Salva Kiir sacked Riek Machar from the
vice-presidency. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and
nearly two million displaced in South Sudan’s worst ever violence
since it seceded from Sudan in 2011.
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6 August 09:20, by Eastern
South Sudanese are in for a long haul....
6 August 13:59, by South South
No, peace is coming for real in South Sudan. You can live with
your dream to destroy South Sudan.
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