South Sudan

S. SUDAN TALKS: Museveni, IGAD Leaders To Convene In Addis Ababa


approved geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>The announcement made Saturday by IGAD officials says an extra-ordinary session of IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government is scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa on Tuesday and that all leaders have committed to attend for a lasting solution to the world`s youngest nation civil war.

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website like this geneva;”>“Tuesday is going to be another milestone here. All member Heads of State are expected to be here for an extra-ordinary session following the two days successful Symposium,” says Tigist Hailu the IGAD`S communications chief this morning in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

President Salva Kiir and his former deputy turned rival, Dr. Riek Machar signed an immediate Cessation of Hostility on May 9 but deadly clashes are continuing between SPLA under the rebels.

A two-day Symposium that followed the May 9 event started Friday evening in Addis Ababa.

250 delegates from the fragile nation`s political parties, civil society organizations, traditional and religious leaders brainstormed with international experts on how to end the crisis.

Sources from IGAD says regional leaders are seen as instrumental forces in speeding the dialogue process which has been slow with constant adjournments since late December l when the regional body (IGAD) initiated the talks.

Paramount to a breakthrough is believed to be president Museveni whose country`s national army, UPDF is active in South Sudan on the side of president Kiir.

Behind closed doors, Machar has told mediators that UPDF must withdraw its forces before his rebels lay down weapons.

UPDF entered Juba few days after the war broke in December to defend and protect Juba International Airport, United Nations installations, foreign missions and to evacuate Ugandans and foreign nationals trapped in the country where about 2,000 people were killed in two days.

Museveni is expected to brief the extra-ordinary session on his stance about the presence of his forces in South Sudan which has become a contentious item in the peace talk’s process.


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