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Inside Museveni – Machar Meeting in Ethiopia

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They further told the Ugandan leader that UPDF’s presence in the war-torn country remains a stumbling block to the resolution of the conflict.


Interestingly, according to diplomatic sources, Museveni excited Machar’s men when he said “we brought in big guns because the mouths could not talk peace.”


Seated next to Kiir, Museveni did the better part of talking explaining the history of South Sudan and Uganda’s role in its secession from Khartoum.


He said Africa must look beyond tribes if the continent is to realise peace and stability.


It remains unclear whether Museveni will remove UPDF troops before a joint IGAD force is deployed in the war-torn country.


The Summit was opened and chaired by Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia and current Chairperson of the IGAD Assembly.


The IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government made an in-depth discussion and deliberations on ways to resolve the crisis and the future of IGAD-led mediation efforts.


On the sidelines of the Summit, a round-table face-to-face discussion was held between Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan (RSS) and Dr. Riek Machar, former Vice President and leader of the SPLM/A-In Opposition, in the presence of IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government.


In his opening remarks, Prime Minister Hailemariam noted that there was an extreme urgency to stop the war and advance peace in South Sudan so as to address serious challenges in the region.


He expressed his gratitude to President Kiir and the Government of the South Sudan for taking bold step in releasing all the political detainees for their involvement in the ongoing IGAD-led peace process.


He also explained that the 9th May Agreement signed by the two principals of the conflict in South Sudan was an attestation of a significant development in the pursuit of peace, reconciliation and healing and charted a new path of sustainable peace in IGAD-led mediation process in South Sudan.


Desalegn added that both sides had agreed that they would rededicate their efforts to continue the ongoing IGAD-led mediation process, adding that the region was “firmly united to curb impediments on the way of peace in South Sudan.”


He stated that IGAD Heads of State and Government were encouraged by the recommitment of the two leaders to speed up and finalize the inclusive dialogue on the formation of a transitional government of national unity within sixty days and promptly provide unhindered humanitarian access to conflict-affected population of South Sudan.


“He stressed that any attempt against the path of sustainable peace and reconciliation would have consequences.”


Desalegn did not specify which actions would be taken by IGAD but he could have been referring to a military action especially against rebels who had in recent weeks stepped up attacks on government positions.


He further commended the successful conclusion of a genuine, inclusive, and multi-stakeholder Symposium from June 6-7 in Addis Ababa as part of IGAD-led peace process.

With regard to the ongoing IGAD-led South Sudan peace process outcome, General Lazaro Sumbeiywo, IGAD Special Envoy, presented a short summary of progress report to the Summit.

The Summit brought together IGAD Heads of State and Government, Amb. (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary of IGAD, Amb. Ismael Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union Commission, Representative of the United Nations, Representative of the IGAD Partners Forum (IPF); Representative of the People’s Republic of China, Representative of the European Union, and Representatives of the Troika.

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