Tag Archives: IGAD Summit

Sudan, Ethiopia to Hold Border Demarcation Talks

Negotiations to be held on Tuesday, a week after Ethiopian forces killed at least four Sudanese soldiers along the border.

Sudanese and Ethiopian officials would convene on Tuesday (22) in Sudan’s capital for border talks. (Photo: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters)

BY AL JAZEERA

Sudan and Ethiopia will hold negotiations next week to delineate their shared border, a statement from Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s office said on Sunday.

The talks will be held on Tuesday, a week after Ethiopian forces reportedly ambushed and killed Sudanese troops along the border. Continue reading Sudan, Ethiopia to Hold Border Demarcation Talks

IGAD Battles Internal Wrangles

Founding IGAD members Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti have been sidelined by Ethiopia and Kenya since the duo start manipulating it as if it is an extension of their foreign ministry. Business as usual no more as other member states start vying leadership position this time.

BY AGGREY MUTAMBO | DAILY NATION

Services at the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) could be crippled following a stalemate on who becomes chief executive officer and chairman of the bloc.

Normally a calm organisation focusing on Horn of Africa’s political scene, members seeking to lead IGAD for the first time since its formation in 1996 are agitated. Continue reading IGAD Battles Internal Wrangles

President Kiir Declines to Attend IGAD Summit

South Sudan’s Kiir skips IGAD summit invitation, leaves talks in doubt.

BY SUDAN TRIBUNE

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir will not attend regional bloc’s (IGAD) extraordinary summit due in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on Monday, his office announced on Thursday.

The summit, to be attended by IGAD heads of state and government, is expected to discuss the dire security and humanitarian situation facing South Sudan and the obstacles to the implementation of the peace agreement signed in August, 2015. Continue reading President Kiir Declines to Attend IGAD Summit

President Kiir Accuses IGAD of Delaying Peace Deal

IGAD Under Ethiopian Chairmanship is Playing Unhelpful Game. “Whenever we are about to reach a peace deal, IGAD imposes recess and holidays,…[more delays]”- President Salva Kiir
By Sudan Tribune,

SOUTH Sudan’s president Salva Kiir on Friday accused the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) of allegedly delaying peace talks to end the country’s 11-month-long conflict, which has killed thousand and displaced millions of people.

“Whenever we are about to reach a peace agreement, the IGAD imposes recess and holidays, this is why peace has not yet been signed. But we are committed as a government to bring peace to this country,” said Kiir while inaugurating a new ward at Juba military hospital. Continue reading President Kiir Accuses IGAD of Delaying Peace Deal

IGAD’s Credibility Seriously Damaged by South Sudan Summit Fiasco

IGAD’s incompetence in the mediation process, led by former Ethiopian FM Seyoum Mesfn, borne out an inclusive agreement by excluding the stakeholders and a signed agreement without the presence of any of the negotiators. Just what is going on in Addis?

By African Arguments,

AUGUST was not IGAD’s finest month. In Bentiu, a ceasefire monitor died of a heart attack after his captors forced him to march for miles; IGAD was unable to muster more than a strongly worded statement.

In the same week, a shambolic heads of state summit adopted an ‘inclusive’ protocol that doesn’t include most of the parties to the talks; changed, at the last minute, the text of the protocol, virtually ensuring the SPLM/A (In-Opposition) wouldn’t sign; and endorsed a cessation of hostilities implementation matrix that the SPLM/A (IO) claims it never saw, amidst such confusion that even attendees at the summit weren’t sure of what happened.  Continue reading IGAD’s Credibility Seriously Damaged by South Sudan Summit Fiasco

AU Reiterates Calls for Sanctions on S. Sudan Leaders

Warring South Sudan Leaders are about to lose whatever voice they have remained within the IGAD facilitated round of talks due to multiple violation of the ceasefire agreements. Frustrated by the lack of progress and willingness from the negotiating parties, the AU body is now set to slap both camps with targeted, multilateral sanctions that is conditional to the parties to only accept whatever is brought forward to them afterwards.

By Sudan Tribune,

THE African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) has reiterated its readiness to impose targeted multilateral sanctions and other punitive measures against any party that fails to honor its commitments and continues to undermine the search for a negotiated solution to South Sudan’s current crisis.

This comes after AUPSC members were briefed by the chairperson of the special envoys of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on the situation in the conflict-hit nation.  Continue reading AU Reiterates Calls for Sanctions on S. Sudan Leaders

IGAD Authorise Quick Deployment of Regional Forces in South Sudan

For better or Worse. The Kiir government will get a boost soon after IGAD leaders called for the hasty deployment of regional forces in the country

By Sudan Tribune,

An East African regional heads of states and governments summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday authorised the prompt deployment of a Protection and Deterrent Force (PDF) from the region to help restore peace and stability in South Sudan.

According to a a communiqué issued during the 25th extraordinary session of the regional bloc (IGAD), the PDF would operate with a clear mandate and operational guidelines as part of the IGAD Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM) in the country.  Continue reading IGAD Authorise Quick Deployment of Regional Forces in South Sudan

Museveni Admits Ugandan Military Involvement in South Sudan Conflict

Finally, Museveni threw in the towel to admit he was fighting rebels led by former VP Dr. Riek Machar along side President Kiir since the start of the alleged ‘failed coup’

By Sudan Tribune,

President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday revealed that the Ugandan army has been actively fighting South Sudanese rebels led by the former vice-president Riek Machar.

Museveni also disclosed that Ugandan soldiers were killed and others injured when the Ugandan Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) engaged the rebels just 90 kilometres outside Juba, just a day before parliament approved Uganda’s deployment in the world’s youngest nation. Continue reading Museveni Admits Ugandan Military Involvement in South Sudan Conflict