Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – The signing of the « revitalized peace deal » that officially ends South Sudan’s war has turned the entire eastern and horn of Africa into a safe haven.
On Wednesday evening, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and his former vice president Riek Machar who slugged it out in a four-year battle for power finally signed a peace agreement in Addis Ababa.
The event coincided with three equally important functions including the holding of the 65th extraordinary session of Inter-Government Authority on Development (IGAD) that comprises Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, and Kenya.
Most interestingly also, the event coincided with the reconciliation process between Ethiopia and Eritrea, Eritrea and Djibouti, and Sudan and Eritrea which have been the under-currents of tension in the horn of Africa.
The meeting also approved the rejoining of Eritrea in the East African bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) after the Horn of Africa nation had revoked IGAD membership in 2007 and rejoined the bloc in 2011, but again suspended its membership again in 2017.
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister and current Chairperson of IGAD Dr. Abiy Ahmed said the restoration of peace and fraternity between and among the members of the regional community had created a conducive environment to lift relations to a higher level and pave the way for economic integration.
As Kiir and Machal affixed their signature to the document, they agreed to implement the peace pact completely and to open a new beginning in which all South Sudan.
They agreed to build an inclusive government to fully provide to the needs and demands of the people of South Sudan.
The presidents of Djibouti, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda and Kenya’s foreign minister, as well as representatives of the UN, EU, IGAD partners forum, the Troika, China, and AU Commission, attended the event.
© Bur-csa – N.A / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)