South Sudan

IGAD Stabilisation Force to Secure Oilfields


viagra dosage geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>While addressing the press at Sheraton Hotel in Addis Ababa ahead of the IGAD summit, Amb. Seyoum, maintained that IGAD is engaging all possible measures to finalise work on Declaration of Principles which will facilitate substantive negotiations as a way of restoring peace in South Sudan.

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“The IGAD Mediation team is clear on the fact that the government headed by President Salva Kiir is a democratically elected,” he noted.

Seyoum added that the government of S. Sudan is still reflecting on the discussion of engagement of Former Detainees in the process of reconciliation.

“Direct engagement of the detainees has been a point of diff with the Government of South Sudan in contrast to IGAD.”

He revealed that upon the decision by the government of Uganda to withdraw troops from S. Sudan, a stabilisation force will replace it so as to ensure safety upon IGAD staff.

“The troops will be deployed as soon as possible since the situation is still tense in the country.”

Seyoum noted that the stabilisation force will be small, neutral and deterrent aimed at protecting IGAD Monitoring Mechanism and securing vital installations.

“The force is a small deterrent force who will have standby forces in the respective capitals; UNMISS’s mandate is to protect civilians and not to protect IGAD MVM teams, thus the need for the Stabilisation force.”

“The main task for the force is to protect the monitoring and verification team and also protect some important installation within South Sudan which include oil fields.”

Seyoum remarked that the stabilisation force to be deployed will tentatively be composed of Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, Rwanda and Burundi forces.

“Positive responses are so far received from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi on contributions to the stabilization force.”

He, however, called upon the international community to be vigilant so as to prevent the ‘regionalisation’ and ‘internationalisation’ of the South Sudan crisis.


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