The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an east African bloc, has commended latest progress in South Sudan’s peace process.

“The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is pleased with the positive progress in the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan,” the eight-member pan-African bloc said in a statement issued late Thursday.


According to IGAD, the latest meeting between President Kiir and his former deputy-turned rebel leader, Riek Machar, is “a significant step in the right direction.”

“The remaining critical tasks of the agreement can only be completed with unity and compromise. The mood in Juba is very encouraging,” the IGAD statement quoted Ismail Wais, the special envoy of IGAD for South Sudan, as saying.

“It is feasible to form a unity government in November 2019,” the statement said, urging non-signatory groups “to come in from the cold and join the nation-building and solutions.”

IGAD reiterated its commitment to and support of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan.

It also called on the international community to support the positive momentum and expedite their support for the completion of the remaining critical tasks stipulated under the revitalized peace accord.

The world’s youngest nation descended into conflict in December 2013 after President Kiir sacked his deputy, Machar, leading to fighting between soldiers loyal to Kiir and those loyal to Machar.

The conflict has since killed tens of thousands and displaced millions of others, both internally and externally.

A peace deal signed in 2015 collapsed after renewed violence in July 2016, forcing Machar to flee the capital, Juba.

In September 2018, the warring parties also signed the revitalized peace deal, in which Machar will take up one of the four vice presidency positions in the transitional government. Enditem


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