TOPSHOTS A Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) government soldier walks towards the town of Malakal on March 20, 2014, after the SPLA allegedly took it over. More than 97,000 South Sudanese refugees who have fled war, misery and turmoil from their country now live in Kakuma. AFP PHOTO / IVAN LIEMAN
TOPSHOTS A Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) government soldier walks towards the town of Malakal on March 20, 2014, after the SPLA allegedly took it over. More than 97,000 South Sudanese refugees who have fled war, misery and turmoil from their country now live in Kakuma. AFP PHOTO / IVAN LIEMAN

A high level mission from the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) arrived in South Sudan on Friday in a bid to shore up peace process in the east African country.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said in a statement that the aim of the visit is to provide support to the peace process in South Sudan, further to the May 3 agreement facilitated by IGAD that extended the pre-transitional period by six months.

“The delegation is expected to meet with President Salva Kiir, senior government officials and representatives of the joint institutions established under the peace agreement, as well as women’s representatives and the international community,” said the UN mission.

The joint mission is led by UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui, and IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan Ismail Wais. Enditem

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