South Sudan ancels IGAD Juba summit over Ethiopia concerns about Ugandan role

Africa - News and Analysis

Sudan Tribune

(JUBA/ADDIS ABABA) –  The South Sudanese government announced today the cancellation of a regional meeting that was scheduled for Thursday in Juba citing the upcoming African Union (AU) summit later this month.

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A Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldier guards the airport in Malakal on 21 January 2014 (Photo: REUTERS/Andreea Campean)

Heads of state and governments as well as representatives from the international organizations and foreign diplomats were expected to participate at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit which authorities said was dedicated to discussing the unfolding political crisis in the world’s newest nation.

“I would like to confirm that the president had just announced cancellation of the summit at the ambassadorial meeting because of the African Union meeting which is planned to take place in Addis Ababa”, Mawien Makol, spokesperson for South Sudanese ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

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