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IGAD leaders authorise quick deployment of regional forces in South Sudan

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March 13, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – An East African regional heads of states and governments summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday authorised the prompt deployment of a Protection and Deterrent Force (PDF) from the region to help restore peace and stability in South Sudan.

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Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni attends a session during the 25th extraordinary summit of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on South Sudan in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, on 13 March 2014 (Photo: Reuters//Tiksa Negeri)

According to a a communiqué issued during the 25th extraordinary session of the regional bloc (IGAD), the PDF would operate with a clear mandate and operational guidelines as part of the IGAD Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM) in the country.

Regional leaders, however, called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the African Union (AU) to provide the necessary support, calling on the parties to ensure the progressive withdrawal of all armed groups, including allied forces, as per the ceasefire agreement signed on 23 January.

The communiqué, a copy of which was obtained by Sudan Tribune calls on IGAD partners “to redouble their efforts” to support the monitoring mechanism and the deployment of the protection force.

The meeting was chaired Ethiopia’s prime minister, Hailemariam Dessalegn. Also in attendance was South Sudan’ president Salva Kiir and his counterparts from Uganda, Sudan, Kenya, Djibouti and Somalia, as well as the AU Commission chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

The summit also lauded Uganda’s efforts in securing vital installations in South Sudan following the outbreak of violence in the country, while expressing appreciation for the wide-ranging support extended to the IGAD-led mediation process from member states, development partners and the wider international community.

Uganda deployed a contingent of its army in South Sudan to provide military support to government troops, , but has since been under intense pressure from opposition forces to pull out of new nation.

Both the United States and the UNSC have condemned the intervention of foreign forces in South Sudan, saying it contravenes the 23 January ceasefire deal.

In his address to reporters following the return of Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir from the summit, presidential spokesperson Eimad Sid Ahmed said Bashir had “reiterated the need to withdraw these forces in order to achieve peace and facilitate the solution”.

Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia had previously opposed the presence of Ugandan troops in the new natio, with the latter saying their presence threatens regional peace and stability.

AU INQUIRY WELCOMED

Meanwhile, regional leaders at Thursday’s summit have welcomed the AU’s establishment of a Commission of Inquiry headed by former Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo to investigate alleged human rights violations and other crimes committed during the violence in South Sudan.

Leaders said the formation of the five-member body marks the beginning of a genuine process of accountability, reconciliation, and healing in South Sudan in line with the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) communiqué of 30th December 2013 in Banjul, Gambia.

The IGAD summit also urged the parties to cooperate with the AU to expeditiously operationalise the inquiry, while calling on the international community to fully support the AU-led initiative.

The summit comes ahead of the resumption of peace talks by South Sudan’s rival parties, scheduled for 20 March.

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  • 14 March 2014 06:47, by Mi diit

    I can see South Sudan is becoming a war theatre for interests by regional forces. Kiir has invited everybody to fight including Egyptians. Soon it may turn into those forces fighting between themselves, or turning it into Arabs vs Africans war in this country.

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    • 14 March 2014 06:56, by Mi diit

      This is similar to a funny tale in Nuer - puor kaka wan- or fox farming - where the fox invited other animals such as cows, goats, hyenas, lions, etc, to come and help him clear his farm land. The invited guests later on turned on each others’ throats...

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      • 14 March 2014 07:01, by Mi diit

        I hope they will now tell that mad and mentally sick looking man in the picture, and that is Yoweri Museveni, to withdraw his mercenaries, which he calls an army, otherwise he will be the first to rock the boat.

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        • 14 March 2014 09:29, by Bentiu son

          Waw!I had never never ever seen a sovereign country who is remotely control by foreigners while her strong human resource black Army are being neglecting/marginalizing at our watch.Dr Mabior said ’once our country fallen into hands of foolish majority of Dinka Bahr el Ghazal,than we shall only experience split,hatred n divisions along the ethnic lines’. I think Dr Mabior’s prediction came true

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          • 14 March 2014 09:40, by Bentiu son

            Salva Kiir is said to be M7 puppet by many but some ignored it at the time.How comes an independence country made regional n internal lobbying against his own citizens or one tribe the Nuer? For how long will Dinka government begging regional powers to contain their own internal problems? Yes, Salva Kiir had failed RSS/SPLA in general n his own tribal men/women in particular.Shame shame

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            • 14 March 2014 09:42, by Bentiu son

              Sorry, I mean which is instead of who is

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          • 14 March 2014 11:28, by Ayom Ayom

            I don’t if everyone in Bhar El Ghazal is a fool as Bentiu Son Said. fool and wise people are always together in everywhere you go in every community

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      • 14 March 2014 11:07, by moto

        MIITDIT,
        GARWICH,THIS STORIES HAVE NO MEANING COMPLETELY BUT ACCORDING TO YOUR THOUGHT DUE TO THOSE FOREHEAD MARKS MAKE MOST OF YOU TO THINK POORLY.A DREAM DIE OF DREAM,SOUTH SUDAN RIGHT TO INVITE THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTING TO BRING PEACE AND ALSO ARE GUIDE BY TREATY OF UTRECHT IN 1913, THOUGHT REFLECT ON EMERGING NORM THAT SOVEREIGN HAD NO INTERNAL EQUAL WITHIN DEFINED TERRITORY AND NO EXTERNAL---

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        • 14 March 2014 11:13, by moto

          SUPERIORS AS THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY WITHIN THE TERRITORY,S SOVEREIGNS BORDERS.

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    • 14 March 2014 09:04, by Gat Gan Kiir

      Mosquitos, malaria and snakes will chase them away.

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  • 14 March 2014 06:53, by mathem jech amer

    If the Ugandans withdraw, do they think fighting stop?

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    • 14 March 2014 07:17, by Bolman

      That is a second part of Uganda what the different bt people defend force and protect deterrent forces this the useless Museveni tactic, I can’t believe this at all

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      • 14 March 2014 07:43, by michael coma

        That is a good move and idea.Eritreans on rebels side must draw too.Riek Machar’s militias aims are to destroy oil facilities,rape elderly women and loots.Riek is very sick of hemorrhiod in the bush just of sitting on wood and sleeping on grass-bed.Let him come back home and enjoy his luxuries as ordinary citizen.

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  • 14 March 2014 09:40, by Suleiman

    What a surprise from Greedy Man of Uganda.
    At the momen, no way for stupid Uganda to depend on South Sudan which is sold out he wife by stupid Nyankiir, the wife of greedy Uganda

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  • 14 March 2014 20:03, by Zeki

    Bible said don’t remove friction in somebody eye before you remove in your eye, remove yours 1st then help other person. S.SUDAN is not the only place who are fighting. what about bokoahram, alshabab,LRA and Mugiki in kenya.M7 action is better then those talking nonsense.

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