Revitalization of peace agreement begins in September
The Chairperson of Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) said a high level revitalization forum on the implementation of the peace agreement will start on 22nd September, 2017.
Festus Mugae revealed during the 18th plenary meeting that the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Council of Ministers is working towards convening a date for the revitalization forum.
During the 31st extra-ordinary summit of IGAD assembly of heads of state and government during their discussion on South Sudan’s crisis, decided to urgently convene a High-level Revitalization Forum of the parties to the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ACRSS) including estranged groups to discuss concrete measures, to restore permanent ceasefire, to full implementation of the peace agreement and to develop a revised and realistic timeline and implementation schedule towards a democratic election at the end of the transition period.
The summit mandated the IGAD Council of Ministers to urgently convene and facilitate this forum in collaboration with relevant stakeholders; and direct the Chairperson of Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) and the Executive Secretary of IGAD to provide the necessary secretariat and logistical arrangements.
Mugae said the IGAD Council of Ministers have adopted the guideline and an indicative matrix for the convening of the high level revitalization forum within three months.
He said the process of convening will consist of three phases, including pre-convening phase, a convening phase and implementation phase.
According to JMEC chairperson, the pre-convening phase will include consultation with JMEC members and key stakeholders, the identification of the appropriate participants and issues for the forum.
He said the decision to revitalize the implementation of the peace agreement has been welcomed and describing it as the “opportunity to end the senseless fighting and restore hope and aspirations for the people of South Sudan”.
“The revitalization of the peace agreement should not be taken as the renegotiation of the peace agreement, Mugae said. “We should explore options that can restore activity and prominence,” he added.