Ethiopia will continue evacuating its citizens from S. Sudan: MoFA

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Addis Ababa, 31 December 2013 (WIC) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said the nation is exerting concerted efforts to evacuate its citizens, estimated to be over 15, 000, from South Sudan.
While briefing local journalists on current issues here today, MoFA Spokesperson, Ambassador Dina Mufti, said as fears rise due to war in that country, Ethiopia has began evacuating its citizens.
More than 900 Ethiopians have been transported back home until this morning (Tuesday, December 31, 2013 ) as fighting continues between the two sides, he said.
“Currently, Ethiopia is doing its level best to evacuate its citizen soon S. Sudan, by increasing flights,” he said.
A joint task force drawn from, MoFA, National Information and Security Service, Administration for the Refugee and Returnees Affairs and from the Federal Police has already been established to receive the returnees.
According to him, the returnees are receiving the necessary support until they are reunited with their families in various parts of the country.
Regarding the current situation in South Sudan, he said, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) member states have been striving to find solution for the conflict in that country.
The deadline member states of IGAD have given the two rivals to begin face-to-face dialogue and stop all forms of violence will end today, Ambassador Dina indicated.
Some 1,000 people are believed to have been killed in the two-week fighting in the country. South Sudan gained independence in July 2011.

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