NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 22 – President Mwai Kibaki was due to travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday afternoon to attend the 15th extraordinary Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Summit on Sudan.
The special summit has been organized for the IGAD community to take stock of the progress of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and encourage the parties to ensure full implementation of the remaining few but weighty issues.
The IGAD brokered CPA was signed in 2005 by the Government of Sudan and the Southern based Sudan People’s Liberation Movement Army (SPLMA) to end two decades of warfare.
The international community, donors and the Sudanese people have placed high expectations on IGAD to successfully oversee the transitional period, the holding of the crucial National Referendum vote on self-determination for Southern Sudan and the creation of viable and democratic governments in both South and North Sudan.
President Kibaki, who is the current chair of the IGAD sub-committee on Sudan, is expected to give a key note address during the special summit.
The summit is expected to bring together the President of Sudan Omar Al-Bashir and SPLA leader Salva Kirr.
Accredited IGAD six members include Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Somalia and Djibouti.
The Plane carrying the President and his delegation was expected to depart Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly before 2pm on Monday.