IGAD’s peace proposal welcomed by South Sudanese parties

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Addis Ababa, December 23 (WIC) - IGAD last week convened an emergency meeting in Juba to diffuse the current tension and to support the South Sudanese parties to find a peaceful settlement to the crisis.
Ethiopia, as chair of the regional bloc, has been closely following the development of the situation in Africa’s newest nation and has called for restraint and dialogue to end the violence that has killed hundreds of people.
Ethiopia has also led a ministerial delegation to Juba comprising Ministers and high level officials from Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda as well as AU Commissioner for Peace and Security.
Head of the delegation, Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom notes, following an in-depth discussion, President Salva Kiir Myardit has welcomed IGAD’s Peace and Dialogue proposal.
The IGAD ministerial delegation has also held productive meeting with Madam Rebecca Garang, widow of former SPLA leader Dr. John Garang. She promised to do her very best to calm the people of South Sudan.
Dr. Tedros expressed regret over the group’s inability to see the condition of former leaders and their families who are under custody.
According to a statement from Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the IGAD delegation has succeeded in freeing from custody Riek Machar Teny, son of sacked Vice President Riek Machar and Deng Taban Den, son of former Unity State Governor, Taban Deng Gai.
Members of the delegation vowed to step up efforts to bring an end to the crisis.

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