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Ethiopia: South Sudan Should Not be Another Failed State

FILE - South Sudan refugees at Kiryandongo settlement camp in Uganda.
FILE - South Sudan refugees at Kiryandongo settlement camp in Uganda.
Marthe van der Wolf
Ethiopia’s prime minister believes a fast deployment of regional troops to South Sudan is important, so that South Sudan does not turn into another failed state.   
 
South Sudan and regional stability were the main points discussed Tuesday as Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta began his first state visit to Ethiopia.
 
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Deslagen says deployment of a regional stability and protection force to South Sudan should not be delayed.
 
“It will be very bad to have a failed state again in our region,” said Hailemariam. “So we urge the international community to respond as quickly as possible to our requests so that we rescue this country.”
 
Several East African countries, such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Djibouti and Burundi, have indicated they are ready to send troops to South Sudan. 
 
Nearly three months of fighting has left thousands dead and close to a million displaced from their homes.
 
The East African bloc IGAD is mediating peace negotiations between the government and rebel forces in Addis Ababa.  Despite the signing of a cessation of hostilities agreement in January, fighting continues and the talks are making little progress.
 
Heads of state from East Africa will meet Thursday in Addis to discuss the details of the proposed stabilization and protection force.
 
Kenya and Ethiopia are also discussing the issue of 11 "political detainees" arrested by South Sudan's government in mid-December.  Rebels want the 11 men released. 
 
Seven were turned over to the Kenyan president's custody last month but four remain imprisoned, and will have to appear in a South Sudanese court.
 
Kenyan President Kenyatta says the issue of the four detainees is key to resolving the crisis.
 
“As part of our own IGAD framework, we had indicated that we would want to see ourselves work towards the release of the four to join the seven and everybody else in finding a political solution to the crisis, and that is a process we are continuing with Juba,” said Uhuru.
 
President Kenyatta is scheduled to remain in Ethiopia through the IGAD summit on Thursday.

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by: Henok You from: Ethiopia
March 14, 2014 2:21 AM
Either the government leaders of East Africa have they're own interest in South Sudan to create good name of they're own, or whatever;
The most important thing is, stopping the bloodshed of innocent people in south Sudan.


by: Mathiang from: Rumbek
March 12, 2014 9:01 PM
Most of this African leaders have their own interest in South Sudan.trying to create good names for themselves.


by: john from: Juba
March 12, 2014 3:07 PM
Let our politician negotiate in good Faith


by: Kuch from: Bor
March 12, 2014 12:28 AM
Some African leaders are much of dull thinkers than we are always told to believe their bull-craps. Look at the Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Deslagen! "deployment of a regional stability and protection force to South Sudan should not be delayed"

Who is this clown to South Sudan anyway?
Hailemariam said "So we urge the international community to respond as quickly as possible to our requests so that we rescue this country.” From what?

Which international community is this clown calling to respond? The Europeans or the US? South Sudanese do not want any damn foreign criminals deployed their country. Be they ethiopians, Burundian or other pieces of trashes.

Are those regional troops be deployed to South Sudan to disarm Riek Machar rebels?
Or to disarm the government of South Sudan or to come and fight South Sudanese people?

So that the regional troops can then save South Sudan from being a failed state?

And this piece of rubbish came out from an African head of state brain!
And a journalist who posted piece of rubbish could not even ask the caring ethiopian prime minister for South Sudan; if South Sudanese assign him to solicited foreign troops on their behave.

Or what will foreign troops will go and do in South Sudan exactly? The government of South Sudan has been telling the likes of this ethiopian clown to condemn Riek Machar violent tribal armed rebellion against South Sudanese elected government.

But ethiopia has let its self being fooled by the West that wants a regiment in South Sudan, By a tribal war lord and a murderer. Now South Sudanese don't even consider ethiopia relevant with its silly mediation that will not go anywhere.


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