NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta returned back on
Saturday from Ethiopia where he helped broker a ceasefire deal
following intensive discussions aimed at restoring normalcy in
Kenya’s State House Spokesperson Manoah
Esipisu said after Kenyatta’s arrival in Nairobi that the East
African leaders have resolved to slap sanctions on peace
"Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
leaders agreed on a range of sanctions to kick in if any of
the parties violates the latest agreement. These decisions
have the full support of the African Union and the U.N.
Security Council, but remain firmly IGAD initiatives,"
Esipisu said in a statement.
The sanctions will include freeze of assets owned by the
violators, travel bans and blocking supply of materials that
could be used in war.
The talks in Addis Ababa which kicked off on Thursday running
through Friday into the wee hours of Saturday resulted in
resolutions that signaled an end to the South Sudan conflict.
The South Sudan government led by President Salva and the
SPLM/ A (In-Opposition) under former Vice President Riek Machar
also agreed to immediately stop recruitment and mobilization of
During the talks, Kenyatta had appealed for a speedy
resolution to the South Sudan conflict.
"This conflict has to come to an end.
"We need to focus our attention and resources on
development for the benefit of the people of the region, but
not endless conflicts," Kenyatta said, adding that the
stability of the Africa’s youngest nation was not only
important to the people of South Sudan, but was also crucial
to regional peace.
A communiqué issued after the talks attended by President of
Uganda Yoweri Museveni, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir,
Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh and Somali President
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud warned South Sudan warring parties that
any violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement would
invite stern interventions to protect life and restore peace and
"President Kenyatta is delighted to be back.
"He participated in three days of intense discussions on
South Sudan’s future and feels that genuine progress has
been made," said Esipisu.
"For the first time, all sides have committed to a
cessation of hostilities. Guns will fall silent.
"The sides also committed to the opening up of
humanitarian corridors," Esipisu added.
South Sudan plunged into violence in December 2013, when
fighting erupted between troops loyal to president Kiir and
defectors led by Machar around the capital Juba.
The clashes have left thousands of South Sudanese dead and
forced around 1.8 million people to flee homes in the world’s
Regional African leaders holding summit on South Sudan