IGAD welcomes positive progress in South Sudan

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) welcomed the positive progress in the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan.

The face – to – face meeting between President Salva Kiir and the First Vice President-Designate, Dr. Riek Machar that resulted in a way forward on pending Security Arrangements issues, is a significant step in the right direction, said IGAD in a statement.

Machar made a rare visit to Juba this week to meet Kiir. The meetings between the two leaders were aimed at ironing out outstanding issues.

“The remaining critical tasks of the agreement can only be completed with unity and compromise. The mood in Juba is very encouraging. It is feasible to form a unity government in November 2019,” said Ambassador Ismail Wais, the Special Envoy of IGAD for South Sudan.

“We call on the non-signatory groups to come in from the cold and join the nation-building and solutions,” he added.

IGAD reiterated its commitment and support of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

It also called on the international community and the friends of South Sudan to support the positive momentum and expedite their support for the completion of the remaining critical tasks.

IGAD further commended President Salva Kiir for his leadership to broker a peace deal between the rebels and the government in Sudan.