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IGAD for peace agreement revitalization

Members of the Council of Ministers of the regional trade bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), are in Juba to expedite the revitalization of the peace agreement.

During the 31st extra-ordinary summit of the IGAD heads of State and Government held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on 12th June this year, the leaders agreed to reenergize the August 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS).

The key components of the revitalization process include but not limited to the restoration of the permanent ceasefire enshrined in chapter two of the agreement, and expeditious implementation of the ARCSS.

A member of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), who declined to be named, said the IGAD ministers who arrived in Juba on Saturday would first have closed door meetings with President Salva Kiir, First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, Vice President Dr. James Wani Igga and other senior government officials.

The IGAD officials will also meet with members of JMEC prior to the commencement of the summit, which will take place at Crown Hotel in Juba today Monday.

The member of JMEC said the media are expected to be invited for briefing at the end of the summit.

The Cabinet Affairs Minister in the Transitional Government of National Unity, Dr. Martin Elia Lomuro confirmed to a local radio station in Juba that members of the IGAD Council of Ministers are already in Juba ready for the meeting on the revitalization of the peace agreement.

Other issues expected to dominate the agenda include the components of the transitional justice such as: the formation of the hybrid court of South Sudan by the African Union and restoration of the permanent ceasefire amongst other issues.


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