Tuesday August 19 2014

Igad mediators meet

Former Sudan president Abdelrahman M. Swar Elzahab

Former Sudan president Abdelrahman M. Swar Elzahab (L) talks to Uganda State minister in-charge of Regional Cooperation, Mr Asuman Kiyingi (R), at Igad meeting in Kampala yesterday. PHOTO by STEPHEN WANDERA 


KAMPALA- A team of intermediaries from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) is meeting in Kampala to build capacity on conflict resolution in the wake of sweltering conflicts in the region.

At the five-day summit, the eight-member regional bloc is expected to establish a roster of mediators comprised 21 members who will be ready for deployment upon endorsement by both the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Heads of States.

Opening the training summit yesterday, the Igad executive secretary, Mr Mahaboub Maalim from Kenya, said the objective of the course is to contribute effectively to current mediation efforts by deepening knowledge, promote common understanding of mediation policies and enhance skills of diplomacy practitioners through collective sharing of experiences and lessons.

The summit comes on the heels of ongoing peace efforts for crisis-laden South Sudan in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, which have dragged on for months and the key warring parties, President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Dr Riek Machar, have since failed to reach a common ground.