South Sudan

IGAD Praises Museveni Over S.Sudan Mission


erectile geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Speaking at the summit he said what was important is to find means to stop the fighting between parties in South Sudan, according to the President’s Communications Assistant, Ms Sarah Kagingo.

“The yardstick is, what do you need to stop the fighting?” President Museveni said.

Addressing the summit that was convened to review the situation in South Sudan that has been destabilised over the last three months, the Ethiopian Prime Minister and current Chairman of IGAD, His Excellency Hailemariam Desalegn thanked the regional leaders for supporting the establishment of a Stabilisation and Protection Force and for sparing no efforts in finding lasting solution to the conflict that has left untold suffering and caused death and destruction of people and property in South Sudan.

He called for the observation of January 23, agreement on secession of hostilities between the warring parties in order to give peace a chance and allow conducive atmosphere for negotiations to proceed, calling for flexibility between the two parties at the centre of the conflict.

The African Union Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamin Zuma, thanked IGAD leaders for their efforts to stop the carnage and misery meted upon the people and put an abrupt end to nation building of the newest independent state of Africa.

She called for special protection of the defenceless people especially women and children, the observation of human rights and for an end to unconstitutional change of democratically elected governments in Africa.

She said the African Union had already established a commission of enquiry on the conflict, under the chairmanship of former Nigerian President Gen. Olussegon Obasanjo and pledged support for the establishment of the IGAD Stabilization and Protection Force for South Sudan.

The special Summit was also addressed by the US Special Envoy to South Sudan Ambassador Donald Booth who also spoke on behalf of United Kingdom and Norway, the Chinese Ambassador Mr. Xie Xiao Uam, EU Special Representative to the Horn of Africa Mr Alexander Ronders and Italian Ambassador Ginsepp Mistretta all of whom pledged their countries support to all IGAD efforts aimed at stabilizing South Sudan.

President Museveni had earlier met his Ethiopian counterpart with whom they discussed bilateral issues and other matters of mutual interest between their two countries.

A joint communique read out at the end of the 25th Extra-Ordinary Summit commended Uganda for securing infrastructure and installations critical to IGAD efforts to end violence in South Sudan.

Uganda was invited by the Government of South Sudan and authorised by IGAD to intervene and stop the carnage and unimaginable misery to the people of South Sudan at the beginning of armed conflict between parties in the country.

Uganda has commendably stood with brothers in Africa, sacrificed resources and manpower for peace and security in several African countries including Somalia where Uganda makes a sizeable part of AMISOM.


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