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IGAD to hold meeting to revitalise S. Sudan peace agreement

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June 12, 2017 (ADDIS ABABA) - The leaders of the East African regional block - the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Monday have decided to convene a meeting of the signatories of 2015 peace agreement to discuss ways to revitalise its implementation.

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An extraordinary session of the IGAD heads of states meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa (IGAD File photo)

The IGAD leaders held an extraordinary summit on South Sudan in Addis Ababa with the participation of Sudanese and Ugandan presidents, South Sudan first vice president, Ethiopian and Somali prime ministers, Djiboutian and Kenyan foreign ministers.

The meeting which was attended by regional and international facilitators underscored that the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) remains the only "viable way forward" to bring peace and lay out the foundations for a democratic regime in the war-ravaged country.

"The IGAD Summit calls upon all the parties to take urgent steps to draw concrete plan and timeline to compensate the delay and to revitalise the full implementation of the ARCSS;" said the final communiqué released after the meeting.

The summit further decided "to urgently convene a High-level Revitalization Forum of the parties to the ARCSS 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 South Sudanese President Salva Kiir who was conspicuous by his absence declared a unilateral cessation of hostilities and called for a national dialogue process which he wanted to be a forum to achieve reconciliation and to discuss the ARCSS implementation.

The call for a revitalization meeting the IGAD intends to hold urgently may be hailed by the opposition groups who distanced themselves from the government-led dialogue process in Juba.

Commenting on the IGAD extraordinary meeting, John Prendergast, Founding Director at the Enough Project, said: "Because its war is spiralling, South Sudan needs a new, dynamic, and inclusive peace processé.

"If IGAD is unwilling to commit to revitalising the peace process and make it more inclusive and responsive to the evolving conflict dynamic, then the responsibility for an expanded peace initiative should shift to the African Union and United Nations," he called.

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  • 13 June 05:58, by Malakal county Simon

    Abolish so called national dialogue, and start resuscitate 2015 Accord as this the only alternative .......

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    • 13 June 07:05, by Eyez

      IGAD must tackle the elephant, not its shadow, this time. Revitalisation of the dead peace agreement and its full implemention is the only way that, the guns may fall silent, otherwise, South Sudan will burn.

      Kiir’s (JCE cooked) Jienge National Dialogue was a smoke screen designed to confuse people Nationally, Regionally and/or Internationally. While they continue with their atrocities.

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      • 13 June 07:18, by jubaone

        Eyes, Eastern, Malakal County, Anyanya1,
        Great "cyber combatants" nothing less than ARCISS 2015. Period. I still can’t understand how all these learned presidents have let themselves be hoodwinked and pulled by the nose like donkeys by illiterate Kiirminal? No. Hit the table and apply"Jammeh style" and exile this Kiirminal. He follows no rules and is an anarchist.

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        • 13 June 08:02, by Eastern

          Festus Mogae has now conceded that indeed that the involvement of what he refers to as the ESTRANGED PARTIES is the only solution to ending the current political problem in South Sudan. Taban Deng has been a broken cog in the wheel of implementing the ARCISS. Folks, let’s fight on!

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        • 13 June 08:03, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          Merenye Jubaone,

          Din’git na tuggo is at work. Keep on working for peace flame. Tinate.

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          • 13 June 12:12, by jubaone

            Jur,
            Thank you. We "cyber combatants" will ONLY stop once ARCISS 2015 is fully implemented in letter and spirit and Riak assumes his rightful place as FVP to initiate change from this rotten Jienge Republic. Kiirminal doesn’t own the SS nor do jienges but all of us. If they refuse, then war must continue. Either they defeat or are defeated. Period. For relentless MTN bush hunting.

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    • 13 June 07:52, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      IGAD and international community are failed body on South Sudan crises.
      The situation of South Sudan need to solve by force by IGAD and international community.

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  • 13 June 06:43, by Eastern

    You can imgine what was racing through the mind of El Tabani Deng yesterday during the meeting. What has his GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIP with Kiir achieved since July 2016: mass displacement, war sprialing out of control, hyper inflation, name it!!!

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  • 13 June 07:03, by anyanya1

    My bro EASTERN;
    good working relationship won’t bring anything look at this 👉 useless TABAN EL TABAN his honey 🍯 moon 🌙 is coming to an end soon, the Real man is coming back from SA let dem watch this one.

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    • 13 June 07:57, by Eastern

      The ARCISS was not crafted to keep Kiir as the ALL POWERFUL "president" that he sees himself now, it had clipped some his power and shared it between SPLA-IO and the FDs. Conceding to Kiir dubbed GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIP allows Taban some some sleep in the cozy Crown Hotel. This is selfishness of the highest order when ordinary people can’t afford a meal or travel safely around the country...

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  • 13 June 07:49, by Ranmediit

    IGAD should hurry up to revitalise the Peace agreement as H.E Dr.Machar call for it before.
    After IGAD learn that peace is collapsed.

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    • 13 June 09:55, by Humanconcern

      very clear from start that what so call IGAD are doing their own business. therefore S.Sudan become their daily income.Imagine people are being kill in daily bases while they are celebrating the death of innocent people. they are calling for fake summit that don’t hold any concern.

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  • 13 June 09:52, by Garang Akeen Tong

    John Prendergast.

    your enough project that you projecting in s.sudan, is only fueling war in country.
    We need home grown peace, that begin at home, not outsiders.

    The so call IGAD-PLUS, AU, US, EU and allied are support war indirectly, by impossing unwanted power thirst Dr. Riak Killer Risk Machar.

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    • 13 June 10:09, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Cont.........
      Since they are not condemed, war for power, that mean they encouraging war to get in power, if you are continueing supporting such idealogy, you are creating unrest, the none stop war in country.

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      • 13 June 11:37, by anyanya1

        @Akeen;
        You’re really an idiot by thinking you can have home grown solution, you don’t have home grown food how comes you will have solution for this crises, if you’re not stupid..

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      • 13 June 14:53, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        What an idiot? Peace on your terms will not eventuate. It is only if that all the people of South Sudan are recognized as citizens that are equal before the law and work out an agreement in the management of the country that peace can be secured to flash out nepotism, tribalism and corruption.

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    • 13 June 12:48, by Theallseeingeye

      Garang Akeen Tong
      ’home-grow-hair’ on your gentle area and admit that this ARCISS 2015 has collapse and you and your Jienge Gov have failed the nation.

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      • 13 June 16:34, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Theallseeingeye or whatever u call urself

        I don,t know that 2015 ARCSS is belong dr. Riak alone, and I don,t know that you are yes men who, dr. Riak blindly,
        Your thought is not working here, not all jiengs (DINKAS) are benefiting in this gov,t, stop your nonse.

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        • 13 June 18:21, by jubaone

          Garang,
          If you’re for real regime change and the destruction of this worthless jienge republic where even most jienges are simply errand boys, then join all reasonable SS for reforms. The basis is ARCISS 2015 with or without Riak. The Kiirminal or Riak are mortal but SS will remain. Kiirminal and some jienges can’t own the SS.

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          • 13 June 21:41, by Garang Akeen Tong

            Jubaone

            Forsure, I am supporting regime change with none violence, and support it with violence this is our difference between you and me. And another things you are targeting Dinka/jiengs tribe, including those for regime.

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            • 13 June 22:25, by Garang Akeen Tong

              Correction..............

              I mean u supporting regime change, through violence, which is not acceptable.

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  • 13 June 13:01, by Sunday Junup

    Let look for a friend to support in regime change. This regime in Juba needs to be flash out. We want world to stop Oil production and impose arm embargo then let Dinka and others tribe of SS go to field and fight with out bribery to JEM or UPDF to fight in behalf of Kiir Militia

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    • 13 June 19:02, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Sunday junup

      Beating war’s drums, that you aren,t pit to fight is shameless, why do you asks friends to fight for u regime change, since u fail to cönfront SPLA

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      • 13 June 19:49, by jubaone

        Garang,
        The SPLA died with Dr. Garang in 2005. What we have is a SPLAnyors, a group of undisciplined, illiterate and savage luakjiengs who are trigger happy and criminals. After the demise of fugitive Malong, most are deserting the frontlines. One day when you make an assessment of these scoundrels, most will be dead or maimed and begging like those around Custom Market.

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        • 13 June 21:46, by Eastern

          jubaone,

          I like the new nomenclature - SPLAnyors. From henceforth, I will be referring to Kiir’s affliated fighters as such...Thanks!

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        • 13 June 22:02, by Garang Akeen Tong

          Jubaone

          Am ones of true SPLA, I was drop my school in 1996 and joins SPLA to free our people, and I didn,t sleep out one daY. we are to protect you bro,

          In fact u hated Gen. Malong for two things.
          1-he manage to defeat rebel
          2-he resfuse to fight gov,t.

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