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S. Sudan says IGAD revitalization forum not for new peace deal

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July 26, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan government says the revitalization forum by the East African regional bloc (IGAD), which mediated the 2015 peace deal would not be another platform for negotiation of the new peace agreement between the two factions to the conflict.

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S. Sudan cabinet affairs minister Martin Elia Lomoro (Photo KT Press)

“To the best of my knowledge, the IGAD revitalization is not a platform for renegotiation of the agreement. It is a forum meant to evaluate the peace agreement and to see areas which have not been implemented in the agreement could be fast tracked”, said the country’s cabinet affairs minister, Martin Elia Lomuro.

The minister said the physical presence of the estranged parties was not necessary, but can they can contribute their ideas and send them to the IGAD secretariat for evaluation by the forum members.

“What is important is that the views of the estranged parties should reach the forum, not necessarily they appear in person because this is not new negotiation. It is a forum through which ideas could be presented so that they are used to help the secretariat devise a mechanism to help with the implementation process”, he stressed during an exclusive interview with Sudan Tribune on Wednesday.

The Ethiopian minister of foreign affairs said the forum will develop a revised and realistic timeline as well as the implementation schedule towards a democratic election at the end of the transitional period.

On Monday, the IGAD council of ministers on began reviewing progress so far achieved and also started consultations on ways of revitalizing the peace process in war-torn South Sudan.

The meeting, held in South Sudan, renewed calls for warring parties to support the revitalization process of the August 2015 peace deal.

While opening the 58th extraordinary session of the regional bloc meeting, the chairperson of the IGAD council of ministers, also Ethiopia’s foreign minister, Workneh Gebeyehu, stressed the need for an accommodating, inclusive and viable process.

The council of ministers vowed to deliberate the peace process in South Sudan and the planned high-level revitalization forum, with various stakeholders, including representatives of the international community, faith-based organisations, eminent persons, youth, women, the civil society and private sector prior to its deliberations.

Last month, East African leaders at a summit meeting held in Addis Ababa called for the revitalization of the 2015 South Sudan peace accord, saying the agreement was the only solution for the conflict.

IGAD is an eight-member economic bloc that brings together Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda.

Over a million people have fled South Sudan since conflict erupted in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir sacked Riek Machar from the vice-presidency. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million displaced in South Sudan’s worst ever violence since it seceded from Sudan in 2011.

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  • 27 July 10:19, by Sunday Junup

    Go to hell with your IGAD deal, South Sudanese are tired of your business deal

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  • 27 July 10:29, by Dak tak

    The stupidity at it best. Refusing to face your adversary won’t help you but continue the suffering of the people. In Sudan, the government is begging all the rebel to come to round table. And the reverse is true in south Sudan where the government fear talking the rebel. The government of south Sudan is run by egocentric group that only use the country as a hunting ground. They prefer war.

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  • 27 July 10:33, by Dak tak

    Through war the likes of Martin will continue to loot under cover of emergency state they declared. Keeping Machar out to them means continuation of war, now their interest. Ok let’s give war a chance then. The ends will be that ugly.

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  • 27 July 12:54, by Dalta Cirea

    Revitalization forum mean that renewal of peace deal and go back to the signature of the Compherenship peace agreement.

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  • 27 July 16:52, by lino

    You SS Government are joking. The evaluation is done by JMEC and not the peace brokers. When peace brokers are involved, it means serious or implementation is not working.
    I have said Kiir and Taban are friends not enemies. Peace is made and implemented between enemies and not friends. Oppositions must be involved in rewriting this peace and where it broke down.

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  • 27 July 16:53, by Eastern

    It is unfortunate that this mad man, Elia Lomoro has been left as the only voice of Equatorians in Kiir’s cabinet!! James Wani Iga, after attaining his Ph.D has become philosophical to stoop so low - PhD. is the way to go!!

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    • 27 July 18:03, by South South

      Eastern,

      Today is a day of talking about the important things like Maiwut and Pagak. Stop talking nonsense. Your Reik’s forces are still running by now, enjoy.

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    • 28 July 13:00, by jubaone

      Eastern,
      Elia Lomuro is a jienge hireling and he must do what his jienge patrons tell him to do. Either our Equatorian "doctor ministers" Wani Igga, Lomuro, Mulla are very smart and driving the jienge nuts, or they are too clever and turned foolish. Even educated persons turn fools once seated close to such jienges.

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