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Ethiopian FM and Chairperson of the IGAD Council Workneh Gebeyehu shakes hands with President Salva Kiir in Juba following a meeting with the IGAD foreign ministers on 24 July 2017 (IGAD photo)

August 5, 2017 (JUBA) - The newly appointed Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) special envoy to South Sudan, Ismail Wais has vowed to restore a permanent ceasefire in South Sudan.

The ceasefire, according to a statement extended Sudan Tribune, is to be achieved through the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF).

The HLRF, it says, aims to bring together Parties to the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) and other stakeholders including estranged groups to discuss concrete measures of restoring the permanent ceasefire.

“During the two-day mission, the special envoy met with key officials from the Transitional Government of National Unity, the UN Mission in South Sudan and the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission,” it reads.

The HLRF is also expected to develop a revised and realistic timeline and implementation schedule towards a democratic election at the end of the transition period.

The convening of the HLRF was authorized by the extraordinary summit of IGAD Heads of State and Government, which was held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on 12 June 2017.

“The Summit mandated the IGAD Council of Ministers to urgently facilitate the convening of the Forum,” further noted the statement.

As such, however, the IGAD Council held two extraordinary sessions on 2 and 24 July 2017 in Addis Ababa and Juba respectively, which led to the eventual convening of the forum due next month.

Last month, regional 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 to end its civil war.

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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  • 6 August 09:20, by Eastern

    South Sudanese are in for a long haul....

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    • 6 August 13:59, by South South

      Eastern,

      No, peace is coming for real in South Sudan. You can live with your dream to destroy South Sudan.

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      • 6 August 18:53, by Eastern

        South South,

        Now that you have been keenly following my comments, SOUTH SUDAN IS IN FOR A LONG HAUL and I add under the yoke of SPLA Al Nakba... Where’s the peace COMING FROM? Come to Juba and you witness how the masses are suffering: walking home this evening through muddy roads after an afternoon downpour, no food for the children at home, etc....PEACE IS COMING MY FOOT!!

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  • 7 August 06:27, by dinkdong

    "IGAD to restore permanent cease fire in South." How will it do that?

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  • 7 August 08:26, by Joseph Canada

    Onces Raila becomes the Kenyan president this tuesday, the South Sudan’s case will now be solved.

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