IGAD Foreign Ministers Visit Juba

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Addis Ababa, December 20 (WIC) - A delegation of Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) led by Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs and current Chairman of Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Dr Tedros Adhanom traveled to South Sudan yesterday.

The visit is aimed at seeking ways of ending days of fighting in South Sudan.

The delegation comprised Foreign Ministers of Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda. Also AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Special Representative of the Secretary General for United Nations Mission in Sudan and a representative from African Union High level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) included in the delegation.

Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister Tedros Adhanom said "We travel to Juba to gain first-hand knowledge of the situation on the ground, and discuss ways to seek a political settlement to the crisis".

The clash started on Sunday in the capital and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Dr Nkosaz ana Dlamini-Zuma expressed their concern about the safety and security of the civilian population and urged the leadership of South Sudan to avert any further escalation. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

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