As the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) member countries try to end nearly three weeks of conflict in South Sudan, some of its leaders have been accused of actions likely to further escalate the situation.
The regional body, on Friday, held special discussions in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi and resolved that both parties in the conflict immediately cease ongoing hostilities and embrace dialogue.
Many turned to be hopeless observers. This leaves only one serious player at the centre of the ring : President Museveni of Uganda . And the whole thing was indeed an almost pure piece of Ugandan diplomacy . How successful in the long run, this remains to be seen . But in the short run , it was masterful. Riek Machar, who is a pet peeve of the Ugandan President, was “dealt with”, Ugandan troops have already been spotted in the fighting for Malakal , others are up in Wau , preparing for an attack on Bentiu. Continue reading South Sudan: Nairobi IGAD Meeting Turns Complicated Matters into More Complicated ones→
After IGAD thrown its full support behind President Salva Kiir, Ex-VP Reik Machar today said, “There’s never been a one sided approach to a ceasefire. Unless the mediators don’t really mean to bring an issue to an end.“