March 25, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — The eight-members regional bloc, IGAD, is crafting a document, believed to be a masterpiece mechanism to end the 15-months-old conflict in the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, before the mid of April, 2015.
According to a programme of work, entitled “Action Plan and Programme of Work on Drafting Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan”, seen by Nyamilepedia Press, IGAD has programmed its activities in six major phases.
The first four phases, which should have been completed by today [March 25th] include: the IGAD secretariat drafting and compiling the first Draft of Agreement scheduled between March 16th – 21st , Submitting the Agreement to the Special Envoys by March 22nd, the Special Envoy reviewing the agreement by the following day (March 23rd) and subsequent discussions on the Draft Final Agreement by the Special Envoy and Secretariat on 24th and finalized on 25th March, 2015.
Having passed the first four stages, like a bill doing rounds in a parliament, the agreement is submitted to the Chairman of IGAD for approval. This, according to the action plan seen by our editorial team, is expected to follow suit this Thursday, 26th March 2015.
After the fifth round, the draft agreement is expected to go international for further consultations, recommendation and consolidation before it is finally tabled before the South Sudanese warring principals and delegations, who hardly read the documents to compromise but to confirm their prejudice.
Between March 27th and April 18th, the IGAD heads of States and Governments are expected to hold a summit to assess and review the development of the IGAD-Led mediation and endorse the final agreement. Within this period, the Chairman of IGAD is expected to consult the AU commission, AU-5 HoS&G, TROIKA(Norway, UK and USA), China, UN, EU and the International Peace Forum (IPF).
On the last day of this programme, essentially the April 18th, the IGAD-PLUS High-level International Peace Forum on South Sudan will invite the South Sudanese stakeholders to come and sign, perhaps, the final Peace Agreement.
In other reports, in Juba, the national parliament, NLA, has “extended” the presidential term for another three years. As the constitution may now acknowledge, president Salva Kiir would remain the “democratically constitutionally elected legitimate President” of the country until 2017 or further notice.