South Sudan

IGAD Appeals to Kenya over South Sudan Troop Withdrawal

SPLA soldiers stand in a vehicle in Juba December 20, 2013. Talks between South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and African mediators trying to broker a peace deal after six days of clashes between rival army factions are progressing well, Ethiopia's foreign minister said. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic (SOUTH SUDAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY POLITICS ELECTIONS)

The regional IGAD Heads of State Summit has appealed to the government of Kenya to reconsider her decision that resulted in the withdrawing of KDF troops from South Sudan.
Last month Kenya withdrew 1, recipe 000 soldiers who were operating in the volatile northern neighbor under the auspice of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.
The withdrawal was made after the sacking of Kenyan military general, help Johnson Magoa Kimeni Ondieki as the United Nations Mission in South Sudan Force Commander.
The Heads of State Summit that sat on Friday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa resolved that Kenyan contribution in the stabilization of South Sudan is still vital and Nairobi should review her decision.
The Summit’s joint Communiqué started by underscoring the role played by Kenya since the inception of UNMISS.
“The IGAD Heads of State Summit expresses its deep appreciation for the commendable role that Kenya has played for peace and stability in South Sudan, dosage the IGAD region and the African continent in general,” part of the Communiqué reads in part.’
“The Summit encourages the government of Kenya to reconsider its decision of withdrawing its troops from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and to contribute to the Regional Protection Force.”
Kenya in November also announced her disengagement from contributing to the force to serve as deterrent force in South Sudan.
The regional deterrent forces were to be sent from Rwanda, Ethiopia and Kenya before her disengagement decision. Uganda and Sudan were made to excuse themselves from the planned regional force due to their interests in South Sudan.


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