Ethiopia ready to extricate citizens in South Sudan
Addis Ababa, December 16 (WIC) – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said it is ready to evacuate Ethiopians from crisis stricken South Sudan.
Dina Mufti, MoFA spokesperson, told WIC that the government is closely monitoring developments in South Sudan.
“Our embassy is closely following the situation and we are ready to extricate our citizens anytime if situations get worse,” Dina said.
The government plans to rely on the services of Ethiopian Airlines which has flights to Juba, where most Ethiopians reside. Relative to other parts of South Sudan, the capital Juba is calmer.
Minister of foreign affairs, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, who led a ministerial delegation of IGAD member countries to Juba earlier this week, met with members of Ethiopian community. The flight back from Juba brought home 14 Ethiopians, mostly women and children.
“We offered to evacuate more but many preferred to stay,” Dr. Tedros wrote on his official facebook page. “Evacuating from Bor and Bentiu is more difficult where a total of 400 Ethiopians are expected to be evacuated. We are working on that too.”
The IGAD ministerial delegation proposed an immediate ceasefire and a dialogue between President Salva Kiir and sacked Vice President Riek Machar. There are signs of willingness to negotiate from both sides.
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