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IGAD delegation in Juba for peace Revitalization

By Sasuk Taban

An advance team from the regional security and trade bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) arrived in Juba yesterday for the peace agreement revitalisation process.

An official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation confirmed to the Juba Monitor that the team had begun arriving into the country and more delegates are expected today.

The forum is expected to begin in Juba tomorrow as delegates from the IGAD countries begun arriving in the country. The advance team comprising of the Foreign Ministers from; Djibouti, Somalia and the IGAD Special envoy arrived in Juba yesterday afternoon.

The second group comprising of the foreign Ministers of Uganda and Kenya are scheduled to arrive today.

The group is set to consult with the two signatory parties to the August 2015 Agreement on Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS), which was brokered by the IGAD plus negotiating team.

As the implementation of the peace deal stalled, the IGAD heads of state held an extra-ordinary summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss the security and humanitarian situation in South Sudan.

They recommended a revitalization process to restore the implementation of the ARCSS. The leaders called for an urgent restoration of the permanent ceasefire enshrined in chapter two of the agreement as a prerequisite for the revitalisation process to materialise.

Last week, Professor Ibrahim Ghandour, the Minister of Foreign Affair of the Republic of Sudan and other IGAD officials were in South Africa to meet with the former First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny to consult with him on the revitalisation process.


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