IGAD vows to revitalize stalled South Sudan peace process
Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Wednesday vowed to revitalize the stalled South Sudan peace process.
IGAD Director of Peace and Security Tewolde Gebremeskel told Xinhua in Nairobi that they are currently developing a matrix that will outline timelines to return the country to stability.
"The matrix will soon be presented to the Heads of States of IGAD member states for approval so that the stalled peace process in South Sudan is revived," Gebremeskel said.
He said the implementation of the peace process stopped due to a split of the opposition wing of the transnational government.
Gebremeskel said that the revitalized peace process will also include a provision for the development of a new constitution.
"The constitution will play a role in stabilizing South Sudan by ensuring that governments are more inclusive," he added.
Gebremeskel said that once the peace process is revitalized, preparations for new elections will commence.
"Elections were initially scheduled to take place in 2018, however due to prolonged conflict, the earliest the elections can take place is 2020," he added.
He noted that before elections can occur, there has to be cessation of hostilities by all armed groups in South Sudan.
"We also want to ensure that humanitarian aid can reach the most in need," he added. The regional bloc noted that restoration of stability in South Sudan has been hampered by the fight for oil resources by the country's political elite.