President Yoweri Museveni has left for the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to attend the 31st Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State on South Sudan.
While opening the national dialogue in the South Sudan capital Juba last month, Museveni advised President Salva Kiir to resist the temptation of using violence when dealing with his political opponents.
He commended Kiir for calling a national dialogue and inviting all stakeholders to discuss their issues and cautioned him against the use of violence as the private sector saying these don’t like wars.
Upon Kiir’s request, Museveni also chaired a meeting of three different South Sudanese factions, seeking to reunite the South Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.
The meeting at State House at the close of May, Entebbe was attended by representatives of the SPLM in government, SPLM in opposition and former detainees.
The meeting agreed to establish a working committee that will develop a work plan on implementation of the Arusha Accord, end the war and plan for peace.
The meeting tasked as Museveni as mediator, and new chair of the East African Community to determine time and venue for the next meeting.
However, Kiir who showed a good gesture by opening a dialogue, decided to reject the invitation from the East African regional bloc IGAD to attend an extraordinary summit in the Ethiopian today.
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The IGAD summit, to be attended by heads of state and government from IGAD countries, will discuss the dire security and humanitarian situation facing South Sudan and the obstacles to the implementation of the signed peace deal.
President Kiir’s spokesman, Ateny Wek Ateny, said Kiir will not attend the IGAD summit and has already sent a letter of apology through the minister in his office.
The South Sudanese leader was expected to attend the IGAD summit in order to iron out the difficulties in finding amicable solutions to the dire security and humanitarian situation in his country.
On Tuesday, Hailemariam Desalegn, chairperson of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), called for an extra-ordinary summit in Addis Ababa.
Desalegn, who is also the Ethiopian prime minister, said the implementation of the 2015 peace deal in South Sudan is lagging behind and that the fighting was still continuing, despite a declaration of ceasefire and attempts to re-invigorate the national dialogue.
On Monday, South Sudan First Vice President Taban Deng Gai left Juba to attend the summit on his country where he will address the meeting on behalf of President Kiir.