Kenyan, Ethiopian leaders in Juba to help contain clashes

Kenyan, Ethiopian leaders in Juba to help contain clashes
# 27 December 2013 00:12 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Visiting Kenyan president and Ethiopian prime minister on Thursday met with South Sudanese president in Juba on ways to contain the ongoing clashes in the country, Sudan's Ashrouq net reported, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Thursday arrived in South Sudan for talks with President Salva Kiir Mayardit in a bid to contain the ongoing clashes between the government troops and the rebels led by sacked former vice-president Riek Machar," the report said.

A statement by Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed, who is accompanying the Kenyan president in his visit to Juba, said: " this visit comes as part of serious efforts being made by the governments in the region to stop the clashes in South Sudan."

Ashrouq further reported Karanja Kibicho, an official with the Kenyan foreign ministry, announced that a summit of the Inter- Governmental Authority for Development would be convened in Nairobi on Friday.

Kiir earlier said he was ready for dialogue with his political rival Machar, but the latter set out some preconditions for his consent to the holding of the dialogue, including release of all the political detainees in South Sudan.

In the meantime, Paris-based Sudan tribune quoted South Sudanese sources as saying direct negotiations would begin between Kiir and Machar next Tuesday in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

Violent clashes erupted in South Sudan last week between two military factions, one descending from the Dinka tribe to which Kiir belongs, and the other descending from the Nuer tribe to which Machar belongs.

Machar was sacked from his post a few months ago and has been accused of plotting against the government since the eruption of the clashes within the military.

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