East African leaders to discuss South Sudan crisis
(Vatican Radio) In his Urbi et Orbi address on Christmas Day, Pope Francis called
for peace in the world, making particular mention of several war-torn countries, including
East African leaders are expected to meet in the Kenyan capital,
Nairobi, on Friday to discuss a political solution to the growing violence in South
Sudan. In the past 12 days of fighting, about 1,000 people have been killed and more
than 50,000 others have sought refuge on UN compounds.
The talks, aimed at
advancing peace in the nation, follow Thursday’s meeting of Kenyan President Uhuru
Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Haile Hailemariam Desalegn in Juba with South
Sudan's President Salva Kiir.
The head of the United Nations Mission in South
Sudan, Hilde Johnson, told a press conference on Thursday that the UN fully supports
Friday’s meeting in Nairobi. She added that both peacekeeping reinforcements and much-needed
equipment are expected to arrive in the country in the next 48 hours.