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Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a bloc that brokered the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) signed in August 2015, has tasked all parties to the agreement to revitalize the implementation of the peace agreement, to bring stability in the country.

According to a joint communiqué issued by IGAD after the summit, “the full implementation of ARCSS remains to be the only viable way forward to bring about peace and stability. It is also the only way to create the basis for a democratic political system in the country.”

“In this regard, the IGAD Summit called upon all parties to take urgent steps to draw concrete plan and timeline to compensate the delay and to revitalize the full implementation of the ARCSS,” the communiqué reads.

This comes after IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government held the 31st Extra-Ordinary Summit on Monday this week in Addis Ababa, to discuss the current situation in the Republic of South Sudan and IGAD institutional matters.

The First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai represented President Salva Kiir. Addressing journalists at Juba International Airport shortly after arrival from the summit yesterday, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth who accompanied the First Vice President said IGAD member countries agreed to revitalize their support for full implementation of the peace agreement.

He however said there will be no review of the agreement and renegotiation. He said the only way for the country to implement the peace agreement is to go with it the way it is without further alteration or amendment.

“Nobody will be tampering with it, it has to be implemented as it is” Gatkuoth said IGAD countries will not entertain whoever is holding back from implementation of the peace agreement.

IGAD also welcomed the recent declaration of a unilateral ceasefire by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, and called upon the President to be strict on the implementation of the ceasefire and ensure that his field commanders respect the ceasefire without violation and take swift measures against those going against the decision.

IGAD also urged the armed opposition groups to reciprocate the call for a ceasefire and denounce violence.

The summit also welcomed the launching of national dialogue by President Salva Kiir Mayardit on 22nd May, 2017 and urges TGoNU to make the process all inclusive, genuine and transparent as well as complementary to the ARCSS.

It also condemned in the strongest terms the violence and armed conflict that continue to be perpetrated by the government forces as well as all other armed groups in the country targeting civilians.

By Jale Richard  

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