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IGAD Summit To Forge Way For Peace Talks

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This summit follows yesterday’s visit by President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Ethiopian Premier who met President, Salva Kiir, to urge him and his former deputy, Riek Machar, to hold peace talks and end the ongoing political crisis.


According to Kenya State House Spokesperson, Moanoah Epipisu, President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Ethiopian Premier, Hailemariam Dessalegn, arrived in Juba yesterday to lead a high level IGAD delegation for peace negotiations.


The African Union (AU) Council recently sent the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) ministerial delegation, which also included the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security and the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy to South Sudan to mediate for talks.

The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, had called upon President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar’s mutinying armies to ceasefire and prevent an all-out civil war but to no avail.


The Foreign Ministers including Amina Mohamed of Kenya, Mohamed Ali Yousouf of Djibouti, Dr Tedro Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Ugandan state ministers for Foreign Affairs in charge of International relations, Henry Okello Oryem braved their way to Juba to ensure that talks took effect.


President Kiir was the first to consent to the talks and just a few days ago, his rival Riek Machar too announced that he was ready for the talks.


Machar formed his delegation putting Pagan Amum on its head as a way of expressing his desire for the dialogue.


One of the insiders in State House Kenya has already confirmed that H.E Uhuru Kenyatta will today host an extra ordinary IGAD Heads of State Summit in Nairobi to look for solutions to the crisis in South Sudan.


To that effect, positive results are expected to come out of the talks since Kenya has now become the centre of resolving regional conflicts.


Not long ago, it was in the presence of Kenyatta and in Nairobi that the Kinshasa Government agreed to pen a peace deal with the M-23 rebels ending the insurgency that had rocked eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for some time.


It was President Museveni who mediated the DRC-M23 peace agreement.


As the situation in South Sudan got out of hand, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, personally telephoned President Museveni asking him to intervene and solve the crisis.


Now that President Museveni is in Nairobi, the talks are expected to be productive in one way or the other.

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