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website geneva;”>She further informed Presidents of the establishment of the Commission of inquiry on South Sudan to probe war crimes with the view of taking necessary action.
“We will continue to assist IGAD in its effort to bring peace in South Sudan,” said Nkosazana.
She further stressed the need for inclusion of all stakeholders in the peace mediation process of South Sudan.
The summit is expected to iron out the obstacles in the ongoing peace process between the government of South Sudan and the rebels of former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar who declared a rebellion against the government after the failed coup attempt in mid December last year.
Heads of State from East Africa are now discussing the details of the proposed stabilization and protection force.
Uganda deployed a contingent of its troops in South Sudan after the outbreak of violence in the country on December 15 last year to guard strategic areas like the airport and also to oversee the evacuation of its nationals.
President Museveni was Wednesday welcomed in Addis Ababa by the Ethiopian Chief of Protocol Mr. Mehreteab Mulugeta, Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Sam Kutesa, the Minister of State for Defence Gen. Jeje Ogongo and Uganda’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union Amb. Mull Katende.
The crisis in Africa’s youngest nation has caused death and destruction of property while displacing thousands of people.
IGAD will review the progress in the implementation of previous pacts reached by South Sudan’s warring rivals.
According to reports, also expected to feature on the agenda of the IGAD summit is the situation in Somalia – especially after the attack on Villa Somalia last month.
The next round of talks between the warring parties in South Sudan is expected to resume on March 20