, NAIROBI, Dec 19 – Top ministers from four regional nations flew to troubled South Sudan on Thursday to kick start efforts to end days of fighting that has raised fears of a return to civil war in the young country.
Kenya’s Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed, who said she was “en-route to South Sudan to offer first hand assistance”, told AFP she was with teams from Djibouti, Ethiopia and Uganda.
“It’s a regional issue and the government of Kenya must be part of the solution process,” she said.
All are members of the regional body, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development(IGAD), whose members played key roles in pushing forward the 2005 deal that ended Sudan’s two-decades long civil war with the south.
Rwandan foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo offered her support.
“We pray our brothers and sisters find room to talk and agree a way forward,” she said.