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IGAD to hold meeting on Sudan peace implementation

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November 19, 2007 (NAIROBI) — Regional leaders plan to hold a summit to resolve the crisis in Sudan spurred by the withdrawal of former southern rebels from a unity government, a Kenyan official said Monday.

Daniel Arap Moi

The position was reached after a diplomatic push by presidents Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Salva Kiir of the semi-autonomous region of south Sudan and retired Kenyan president Daniel arap Moi.

Moi, Kenya’s special peace envoy to Sudan, met Museveni on Monday regarding the weekend initiative in Kenya, which chairs the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

"They agreed that IGAD countries should join hands and resolve the problems facing the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA)," Moi’s spokesman Lee Njiru told AFP after the Kampala meeting.

"They agreed to plan an urgent summit to resolve the Sudanese crisis," he said, adding that a date would be announced later.

The IGAD, comprising Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda, led world efforts in mediating a 2005 accord that halted a 21-year conflict in the south which claimed 1.5 million lives and displaced four million people.

The threatened accord was reached after an 11-year convoluted process that was launched by Moi with support from Western powers and the United Nations.

Kiir, first vice president in Sudan’s national unity government, and his Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement pulled out of Khartoum in September on the grounds that the implementation of the CPA had stalled.

His key gripes were the withdrawal of the north’s troops from oil fields in the south, the demarcation of the north-south frontier and a resolution on the status of the disputed oil-rich Abyei region.

The move sparked fears of an unravelling of the accord that ended Africa’s longest-running and most intractable conflict. A series of consultations has failed to resolve the crisis, deepening mistrust between the erstwhile foes.

The war which created one of Africa’s most severe refugee crisis has sown the seeds for insurgency in other parts of Sudan.

The planned IGAD summit comes two days after President Omer al-Bashir ordered the reopening of auxiliary training camps in Sudan to prepare for war, a call that drew warnings from diplomats.

"It is a very dangerous call," said a Kenyan official, adding that IGAD states had mounted a diplomatic push to avoid fresh unrest in Africa’s largest nation.

In addition, Kibaki has been in contact with Beshir, his office announced.

Kiir’s talks with Kibaki and Moi on Saturday were held on his way home from the United States where he met President George W. Bush — a visit criticised by Khartoum.

In Washington, Kiir said the CPA which ended the war between the Muslim north and mainly Christian and animist south was staggering "like a drunken person" but had not yet collapsed.

The ex-rebels have vowed to stay out of the unity government until the accord has been fully implemented.

Despite the stalemate, the feuding sides have pledged they will refrain from war.

Sudan was at war between independence in 1956 and 1972 when regional and Church leaders mediated a deal in Addis Ababa. But lapses in its implementation brought the foes back to war in 1983, wreaking destruction mainly in southern Sudan.

(AFP)

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  • 20 November 2007 08:27, by Monyror

    Dear IGAD,monopoly the CPA but make sure you don’t the lion while it is on a person,means it’s too lat to adjust but try your best if you can cough up with.

    When conducting that meeting don’t forget the issue of Abyei otherwise the peace implementation you are talking of will still turn back to war again for all these conflicts,they came up because of Abyei issue with it’s demercation an the oil of which we simply called it power shearing.

    IGAD please take care.

    God will help you.

    Monyror Nyariel Kulang,

    From Yirol South Sudan.

    • 20 November 2007 12:38, by joseph Chol Keluel

      I have taken this opportunity to send my sincere season greetings to all of you, friends relatives, my family and all Southern Sudan.I great all of you in the name of the song which I have interesting part.
      Peace from Wau Love from Juba Hellos from Rumbek Friend from Bor Joy of Malakal Smile from Yambio, may the love of our lord touch the peace of our Country Sudan. Again we can sing a song of unity in public that, unity is good,unity is power,unity is strong to let our enemies support us build our torn region by wars, plus arab world could supply their help to the South by the word of( unity)Only. But when we comeback to our orginal nation South, unity with Arabs-Muslim can return us backdown undergrond, we need to be a separated nation as many Southerners wanted,the South is too big to be a country, take example for Zaire and Uganda how little it is, but it is very strong than largers countries. I do feel okay when people talking about the separation. Thanks and God will help

      View online : Don’t gives up God will help

    • 20 November 2007 12:52, by joseph Chol Keluel

      I have taken this opportunity to send my sincere season greetings to all of you, friends relatives, my family and all Southern Sudan.I great all of you in the name of the song which I have interesting part.
      Peace from Wau Love from Juba Hellos from Rumbek Friend from Bor Joy of Malakal Smile from Yambio, may the love of our lord touch the peace of our Country Sudan. Again we can sing a song of unity in public that, unity is good,unity is power,unity is strong to let our enemies support us build our torn region by wars, plus arab world could supply their help to the South by the word of( unity)Only. But when we comeback to our orginal nation South, unity with Arabs-Muslim can return us backdown undergrond, we need to be a separated nation as many Southerners wanted,the South is too big to be a country, take example for Zaire and Uganda how little it is, but it is very strong than largers countries. I do feel okay when people talking about the separation. Thanks and God will help

      View online : Don’t gives up God will help

      • 20 November 2007 20:09, by Sammy Wadar Lat Daknyaroah

        Allow me to give special thanks in behalf of South Sudanese communities to IGAD for the crucial meeting they have planned.

        IGAD, we South Sudanese are committed to CPA but if Arab will destroy it, we shall be ready with all our efforts to defend our rights. Abyei is not an Arab’s Land. Let you not be cheat by Omer that he will do something with his administration, make sure you should be just enough and focus on the CPA protocols.

        Thanks,
        Sammy Wadar
        Student from Kenya Methodist University
        Nairobi.

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