Peaceful solution for South Sudan’s conflict necessary: Dr. Tedros

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Addis Ababa, 24 December 2013 (WIC) - Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros gave a press briefing concerning the situation in south Sudan and the efforts being made to find peaceful solutions to the conflict.
The Minister explained that IGAD is taking a lead in an effort to find an end to the serious armed conflict taking place in South Sudan. Ethiopia, as current chair of the AU and IGAD, is playing its role he noted.
Emphasizing on the urgent necessity of finding a peaceful solution to the conflict, Dr. Tedros said that political differences cannot and should not be solved through military means.
The IGAD delegation in its meeting with President Kiir expressed the necessity of an immediate cessation of hostilities and commencement of political dialogue between the sides in conflict, he noted.
Regarding the situation of Ethiopians currently residing in south Sudan, the Minister said that the Ethiopian government and its embassy in Juba are following the situation closely.
In addition to this, he noted, IGAD countries agreed to start a joint operation to evacuate their citizens living in South Sudan. (MoFA)

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