IGAD Foreign Ministers In Juba On Shuttle Diplomacy

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir. File | Nation Media Group
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By Joseph Oduha

The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad) Foreign ministers Sunday met South Sudanese President Salva Kiir in Juba over peace in the country.

The Igad team arrived in the capital of the young nation on Saturday.

The South Sudanese Presidency said the Igad team’s mission was to narrow the disagreements between government and rebels threatening to collapse the upcoming peace talks.

The visit to Juba comes a few days after the regional bloc announced the postponement of the talks to May 17-21.

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Igad faces intense pressure from the US, the UK, the Netherlands and Norway and other donors to achieve peace in the upcoming final talks.

Juba recently warned that it would hold elections if the upcoming talks failed.

The East African Parliament has recently expressed interest to observe the last peace talks.

The African Union was also on alert to take over the meditation from Igad, in case the talks collapsed.

President Kiir vowed to crush the rebels and ruled out awarding them any ranks and positions in his government.

The president’s comment cast doubt over the success of the upcoming talks.

The South Sudan war that started in 2013, has claimed over 100,000 lives, according to the International Crisis Group.

Some 4 million South Sudanese were currently displaced both inside and outside the country, according to the UN.

The UN also says the war has caused one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world, similar to the Rwandan 1994 genocide.

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