Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Leaders gather for S Sudan crisis summit

13 March 2014, 11:32

Addis Ababa - East African heads of state gathered on Thursday in the latest push for peace in war-torn South Sudan, where almost three months of conflict has left thousands dead.

Leaders from the East African bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), gathered in the Ethiopian capital to "deliberate on the current situation in the Republic of South Sudan", a statement read.

South Sudanese media said President Salva Kiir is due to attend, but no direct talks between Kiir's government and the rebels were due to take place until next week.

Ministers met late Wednesday ahead of the main summit, including officials from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda.

Officials discussed a report from Seyoum Mesfin, IGAD's chief mediator to slow-moving peace talks, the bloc said in a statement.

South Sudan's government has been at war with rebel groups since 15 December, when a clash between troops loyal to Kiir and those loyal to sacked vice president Riek Machar snowballed into full-scale fighting across the world's newest nation.

Somalia's Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, who said he is to attend the meeting, said that "the IGAD summit is intended to tackle means of implementing previous agreements and the deployment of peacekeeping forces to South Sudan".

Peace talks

The two sides signed an IGAD-brokered ceasefire agreement on 23 January, but heavy fighting has continued.

Stalled peace talks in Ethiopia between rebels and the government, which have made little progress, are due to resume on 20 March.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn this week said the peace process was "going very slow, but it is going in the right direction."

Over 930 000 civilians have fled their homes since fighting began, including over quarter of million leaving for neighbouring nations as refugees, according to the United Nations.

The meeting comes a day after the African Union opened a special commission of inquiry into atrocities, which at times has included brutal ethnic tit-for-tat killings.

Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, who was sworn in as head of the five-member AU commission, vowed that "whoever is responsible must not get away with impunity."

South Sudan this week opened the trial of four opposition leaders for treason for allegedly trying to topple Kiir, and ordered seven other leaders to return home to join them in the dock.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Cyril Mike Odhiz
Kenyans furious on young lady aft...

A young Kenyan woman is the talk of town after she posted a photo with her elderly lover after a round of steamy sex, or so the photo suggested.  Read more...

Submitted by
Kiplangat langat
Uhuru could be a one term Presid...

Bomet governor Isaac Ruto has said that President Uhuru Kenyatta could be a one term President if he fails to increase allocations to the counties. Read more...

Submitted by
Mody Sammy
35 year old farmer a new milliona...

A 35 year old farmer from Mpeketoni Lamu county has become the latest millionaire in town as she became winner in the ongoing ‘Shinda Mamili na Story Ibambe’. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Leave your past relationship bagg...

Leave your past relationship baggage at the door when you start a new relationship. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Advice from a young married Kenya...

I was just going to get water in the office kitchen and thought a simple hi was fine until I ended up in an hour long conversation with someone. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Helping you find the type of man ...

To put it simply, you can’t go looking for fish in a meat market; you have to go to a fish market. Read more...