(September 6, 2019 ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia) The IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, Amb. Dr. Ismail Wais met with the President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit, and discussed the status of implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) of 2018. The discussion focused on three outstanding critical tasks that are necessary for the formation of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) on Nov. 12, 2019. The transitional security arrangements, reconstitution of the Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) and the number of states and their boundaries were their primary focus.
The Special Envoy underscored the need to disburse the balance of USD 100 million pledged by the Government in May 2019, to expedite the implementation of pending tasks, in particular, those relating to cantonment and training of forces. Regarding the reconstitution of the DDR Commission, the President promised to nominate candidates to the Commission without further delay.
The Special Envoy emphasized that a face-to-face meeting between the President and the leader of SPLM/A-I.O., Dr. Riek Machar Teny, is key to unlocking some of the challenges surrounding the outstanding issues. In this regard, President Kiir expressed his willingness and readiness to meet with Dr. Machar in Juba.
The issue of non-signatories was also discussed and the Special Envoy expressed his commitment to continue engaging the non-signatories.
President Kiir reaffirmed his unwavering support and commitment to the peace process.
Special Envoy urged the President to continue doing whatever is possible, within his powers and resources available to ensure full implementation of the R-ARCSS.
The Special Envoy completed a weeklong mission to Juba and met with Government officials, Party leaders, Agreement Institutions and mechanisms, diplomatic communities and stakeholders to discuss issues related to the implementation of the peace agreement.