The South Sudan President, Gen. Salva Kiir on Tuesday met the Chairperson of Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) H.E. Festus Mogae.
Mogae who is also former president of Botswana met Kiir at the Presidential Palace to discuss the progress made in the current attempt to revitalize the peace agreement signed between the government and rebels of Dr. Riek Machar in August 2015.
According to a statement released by both office of the President and JMEC, Mogae applauded the Transitional Government of National Unity for being part of the resumed peace process aimed at ending the four years bloody civil war in the restive African nation.
“During the meeting, H.E Mogae commended the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) for participating in the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF), saying the process has generated optimism towards the implementation of the Peace Agreement,” part of the statement said.
Mogae also praised the government and rebels for signing cease fire agreement and to allow humanitarian agencies reach the closed to one third of the population in dire need of relief aid.
“H.E Mogae commended the Parties for signing the Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilian and Humanitarian Access Agreement, noting it as a significant step towards “silencing the guns, protecting civilians and ensuring humanitarian access”.
Front lines however remain active according to different humanitarian agencies including those from the United Nations.
He also noted that constructive engagement by the all Parties registered “some progress” during the first two phases of the Forum.
According to the Presidency, Kiir reassured Mogae and committed that the government team in Addis Ababa are only going to return to Juba when a lasting peace solution is found.