South Sudan

Kenyatta, Hailemariam, Meet Kiir For Talks


pharmacy sans-serif; background-color: #f5f5f5;”>According to Kenya State House Spokesperson, Moanoah Epipisu, President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Ethiopian Premier, Hailemariam Dessalegn, arrived in Juba today, Thursday morning, for talks with H.E. Salva Kiir.

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Uhuru and Hailemariam Dessalegn will lead a high level IGAD delegation for Juba for peace negotiations.

Kiir had consented to the talks immediately African union dispatched a delegation of Foreign Affairs Ministers but the talks were stalled by Mrs Rebecca Garang and Riek Machar who demanded the release of the 10 detained cabinet ministers.

Kiir through his Foreign Affairs minister declined to the condition arguing that the detained are “political criminals” who tried to take power by force and will answer for their actions in court.

However, with the recapture of Bor and the decisive defeat of Gen Peter Gadet’s army, Riek Machar announced his readiness to dialogue.

Machar has even formed a delegation that will represent him for the Ethiopian talks led by Pagan Amum and other strong party leaders.

This follows continued calls from UN, African Union, church leaders and the like as regards the issue of dialogue.

UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union, have both repetitively written to President Kiir urging him to hold a dialogue and ethnic killings that have rocked the country for a fortnight now.

AU sent foreign affairs ministers from Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia to mediate but to no avail.

UN sent the assistant secretary general, Toby Lanzer, for the same purpose but no results were got still.

Kenya’s intervention

The Kenyan government thus decided to set up a S. Sudan Crisis Management center based at ministry of Foreign Affairs to address the South Sudan question.

Earlier on, Kenyatta had directed Kenya Defence Forces to intervene in South Sudan and evacuate nationals from Juba.

Two planes from Kenya Airways are said to have evacuated more than 250 people formerly stranded in Juba.

Kenya Airways will be evacuating more from Juba

Today, following the president’s visit, Kenya airways have also reported that it will send the second flight and will operate four flights into Juba.

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