PM Abiy Hailed for Wise Leadership of IGAD to End South Sudanese Crisis

Addis Ababa August 10/2018 Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been changing the horn of Africa for the better with his wise leadership including ending the deadliest civil war in South Sudan, the country’s Ambassador to Ethiopia said.

In a presser he gave today, Ambassador David Dang Kong praised Premier Abiy saying that he changed the situation, by helping the countries in the region to take control of the situation and the decisions.

“Before Dr. Abiy comes to the office, this region was hijacked. It was not the region deciding on our behalf, but the region was being held a hostage by foreign powers,” he pointed out.

According to Ambassador Kong, this situation has changed for the better after PM Abiy took office as the region managed to take control of the decision on its issues.

“Our neighbors have come to rescue us. It is no longer foreigners; it is our people who rescue us”, he said.

“The war in South Sudan has come to an end because the agreement that has signed in Khartoum was done by South Sudanese with the support of Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, and every member of our region, the horn of Africa,” he said.

Previous agreements reached between the two sides were known to be breached by both or either side of the parties. According to the Ambassador, that was happening because of the interference of foreign powers.

“The other agreements were failed because there was influence by foreigners. And the foreigners’ interest was different; they didn’t want peace in South Sudan and they didn’t only want peace in south Sudan but they didn’t want peace even in the whole region ,” he said.

“But that was ended when Dr Abiy came to office; our region has changed for the better. And this is when and where we are able to take our issues and we handle them,” he said.

The coming 38 months are critical for the youngest nation in the world. “The first Eight months from now are pre-transitional and 30 months for the formation of the transitional government and from then we will go for elections”, David stated.

Since the situation has changed and the issue is being resolved “there will be no two armies,” Ambassador David underlined, as the rebel forces will be integrated in to the national army.

Happy to the end of the deadly civil war, the Ambassador said fighting has stopped following the signing of the agreement.

“At the moment, there is no fighting if it is a gun shouted maybe bandit’s people who may be trying to rob food but the scale of war has come to zero” he said.

The Ambassador is that the war has ended. He said “this agreement is going to work”.

Noting that the peace and stability of South Sudan will be determined by the commitment of all sides, he assured the dedication of all sides.

He said “Everybody is committed to this agreement, either from the rebel or from the government side, we are committed”.

South Sudan’s warring parties signed a peace deal on last Sunday in the latest attempt to end the country’s five-year civil war, which has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions.

The youngest African nation, which got its independence in July 2011, entered into civil war after President Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of attempting a coup d’état in 2013.

Hundreds of thousands have been killed and millions of people have displaced because of the deadly conflict.