South Sudan

IGAD Warns of Military Intervention in South Sudan

IGAD leaders in a meeting in Ethiopia on Friday

Regional countries under the umbrella of IGAD have warned South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader, there Dr Riek Machar they will use their military might to intervene in the war-ravaged country should the two warring parties resume hostilities.

The heavy warning was issued after two days of vigorous debate in Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa where Machar and Kiir fell short of signing a power sharing agreement to mark the beginning of a transitional government in the troubled country.

IGAD said in a statement on Friday night that, viagra 40mg “Any violation of the cessation of the hostilities by any party will invite the following collective action by the IGAD region against those responsible for such violations.”

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The mediating body said the robust response to violation of the peace agreements will include “enactment of asset freezes, travel bans within the region, denial of the supply of arms and ammunition, and any other material that could be used in war.”

“Further,” read the statement, “the IGAD region shall, without further reference to the warring Parties, take the necessary measures to directly intervene in South Sudan to protect life and restore peace and stability.”

Diplomats told Chimpreports that IGAD leaders particularly Presidents Museveni and Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta expressed the urgent need “to use our army to protect the people of South Sudan.”

Museveni was quoted as warning that “for us we are ready to act just like we did when war broke out in December. What happened in Rwanda in 1994 won’t happen anywhere else in this region. The people of South Sudan want peace and development not war and destruction. We will act against parochial forces.”

Insiders say Museveni might use the UPDF elite commando units, warplanes and heavy artillery in a joint offensive with SPLA to defeat Machar with the view of stabilising the region.

IGAD warned that should it be necessary to implement the outlined measures, the region “calls on the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union, the Security Council of the United Nations, and the entire international community, to render all possible assistance in the implementation of these measures.”

Upon the request of the warring Parties, the Government of South Sudan and the SPLM/A (In Opposition), to be granted additional time to conduct consultations with their respective constituencies on the agreed agenda of the 28th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the IGAD Heads of State and Government, the Assembly accepted the need for a further period of 15 days to be accorded to the parties to complete consultations on these matters.

The Parties also committed to an “unconditional, complete and immediate end to all hostilities, and to bring the war to an end, as of the date of the resolution. The Parties further commit to the immediate cessation of the recruitment and mobilization of civilians.”

Kenya State House said in a statement on Friday night that President Uhuru Kenyatta and host Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn held a second day of talks with South Sudan’s political leaders on Friday, “but a deal did not appear imminent.”

Determined to resolve the South Sudan conflict, President Kenyatta – in his capacity as IGAD Rapporteur and EAC chairman – and PM Hailemariam who is IGAD chairman, met South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riak Machar in Addis Ababa on Friday on issues around power-sharing.

This followed similar discussions overnight.

Other regional leaders including President Museveni, Ismael Omar Guelleh (Djibouti) and President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud (Somalia) also attended the talks.

Each of the South Sudan leaders are attending the talks with senior advisers and negotiators.

The regional leaders affirmed that they will not rest until a comprehensive peace deal is reached. They were due to enter a second straight night of talks to try to bridge the differences between the parties.

“My understanding is that the leaders are determined to make progress as they see this as a pivotal stage in the negotiations,” said Manoah Esipisu, spokesperson for the Kenyan presidency. “But it is, as expected, a difficult process.”


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