Kenyatta says IGAD to punish S. Sudan peace violators
from ANTONY LANGAT in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – THE Inter-governmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD’s) Heads of States’ Summit has resolved to take action against culprits who obstruct the attainment of peace in South Sudan.
This follows the two-day Heads of States’ Summit, which was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ending on Monday with the leaders resolving to take a new course in the quest to bring peace to the troubled nation.
“Today, we have resolved to take action against those who obstruct the attainment of peace in South Sudan, and we assure the people of South Sudan that such individuals or actors will be held responsible for their actions, and be denied participation in the future governance arrangements of South Sudan,” read President Uhuru Kenyatta’s statement to the press after the summit.
Kenyatta said that they have given the warring sides 45 days within which they should form a transitional government.
According to the statement, IGAD succeeded in getting President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar to recommit to a ceasefire which has been frequently breached in the past eight months.
The Summit also declared a humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and that the parties to the conflict must allow humanitarian corridors to operate in order to stem the hunger and likely deaths.
This comes a month after World Food Programme appealed for funding to provide nutrition for refugees in Africa. South Sudan has in the last eight months contributed to a high number of refugees in the neighbouring coutries like Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.
– CAJ News
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