The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), has agreed to work with IGAD, on chances to end the futile conflict in South Sudan.
A renewal forum has been set up to revitalize the peace agreement that was signed in August 2015.
An Extra-Ordinary Summit of the IGAD Assembly was held on June 12, in Addis Ababa and decided to intervene on the insecurity and famine that continue to ravage Africa’s youngest country and its people.
We the JMEC welcome this timely decision of the IGAD leadership to seize the opportunity to end the senseless war, senseless fighting and revitalize the implementation of the peace agreement
Festus Mogae, the chairperson of JMEC and former Botswanan president, has his sleeves rolled up for a national dialogue that might be South Sudan’s only hope of achieving peace.
“We the JMEC welcome this timely decision of the IGAD leadership to seize the opportunity to end the senseless war, senseless fighting and revitalize the implementation of the peace agreement”, he said.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, signed a peace deal nearly two years ago but it failed, leading the country back to conflict.
“The national dialogue should not replace agreement one, two, but if the dialogue is inclusive and transparent, it can contribute to the peace process”, he added.
South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011. The country fell into conflict in 2013 following Kiir’s dismissal of his former vice president, and accusations that Machar was plotting a coup.