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IGAD urges Kenya to reconsider troop withdrawal from South Sudan


Kenya soldiers, the first batch of the troops who had served in the UNMISS, arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta international airport in Nairobi Kenya, November 9, 2016, (Reuters/Thomas Mukoya Photo)
By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

December 9, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – Chairperson of the Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Friday urged Kenyan Government to reverse its decision to withdraw its troops from war torn South Sudan.

IGAD chair, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn made the calls at the 29th IGAD extraordinary summit of heads of state and government opened today in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

“South Sudan still remains on critical juncture and the economy stays in sever progress and humanitarian situation also calls for serious attention” Hailemariam said in his opening remark.

He said peace in South Sudan is equally crucial for peace and security in the volatile east African region.

He noted Kenya is an anchor for peace and security in South Sudan and at the region at large.

“I therefore appeal up on the Kenyan government to reconsider its decision to withdraw its forces from South Sudan and to consider its participation”

Last month Kenyan government ordered an immediate withdrawal of its troops deployed in South Sudan, and discontinues plans to contribute to the Regional Protection Force.

A week later Kenya withdrew a first batch of around 100 troops.

Kenya’s decision to withdraw its troops who had served in a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan was in response to the sacking of Kenyan commander of the UNMISS force.

UN has accused UNMISS of failing to respond to an attack on a Juba hotel during fighting in July leading to killing of civilians.

In response, UN secretary general, Ban Ki Moon’s fired UNMISS force Commander Lt. Gen. Johnson Mogoa Kimani.

Here at the IGAD summit, the Ethiopian premier lauded South Sudan President, Salva Kiir, for allowing deployment of regional protection force in to the youngest nation.

He stressed a need for the rival parties to unconditionally cease fire and refrain from hostilities if the world’s youngest nation is to secure durable peace and security and to achieve sustainable development.

Hailemariam further said emerging demand by some parties for the reversion of the peace deal is unacceptable.

He added peace agreement is the only roadmap for sustainable peace in South Sudan.

Discussion and consultations on the current situation in South Sudan and Somalia are top on agenda.


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  • 10 December 2016 01:48, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    IGAD is wasting time. It is in South Sudan for hard currency and nothing else. When South Sudanese are killed by a brutal regime what have they done. They blame the victim of oppression and praise the killers. What they are doing is to cool international temperature on South Sudan for its atrocities so that the the bitter drama goes on in the country. To hell with them.

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    • 10 December 2016 15:31, by choldit

      What going on in the minds of these lunatics about South Sudan when Desealeng (ethiopian prime minister) said this (...emerging demand by some parties for the reversion of the peace deal is unacceptable.) who do they think will accept the peace to start from where it is now. It has to go back to 7 July 2016. Else u have to let south Sudanese kill themselves. U a lauded killer Kiir for abrogating

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      • 10 December 2016 15:38, by choldit

        Kiir started fight in j-1 in July this year. He replaced Dr Machar with Taban who defected to his govt. yet IGAD think is ok to start peace where it is now. How can we say if we are asked the peace is btwn who and who? Is it btwn Taban and Kiir or btwn Kiir, Taban on one side and Dr Machar on the other.

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  • 10 December 2016 05:43, by Eastern

    ....this man with the squinting eye, Desalegn, the prime minister of Ethiopia is a shame to Afrika.......

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    • 10 December 2016 06:05, by Chang Kuony

      The bribed Ethiopian Primier Haile Mariam should feel shame. Where is the peace he is talking about in RSS? Look his country Ethiopia is in state of emergency for almost 4 months at moment due to his failure in leadership.please eat your bribed money quitely. No peace in war torn South Sudan ya warmongers and visionless regional leaders.

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  • 10 December 2016 08:06, by Awet Awet

    Let them go ,they are not good people ,they are enemy of peace in south sudan ,they deport james Getdak for nothing ,they poor countries who suck money of south sudan ,shame on Kenya Government

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    • 10 December 2016 10:11, by Redeemer

      When SSudan caught UN red handed with illegal arms for their game in the country, Ki-Moon rushed to Juba quickly and sealed a secret deal with government to let the report die off Johnson was not suck, why this time for an isolated issue, helping someone who is crying for help doesn’t need orders from overall Chief but the commander of the section that received the call have to act and report

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      • 10 December 2016 16:43, by Redeemer

        The warmongers above here are bitter to the region leaders because their thirst to over through Kiir is not gaining momentum in the region, time for violent democracy is over. Another shame and I think is the last for Dr Machar

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  • 10 December 2016 16:43, by Mayok

    Let them go, Kenyan are weak, and they can’t solve any problems while they are enjoying innocent South Sudan money, arrested them, and jailed them without charges.

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