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IGAD Peace and Security Boss Admits Region’s Volatility 

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) Director of Peace and Security, Siraj Fagessa has acknowledged that the region is still faced with a number of conflicts that demand commitments to address.

Speaking at the IGAD-European Union Peer-to-Peer Experience Sharing Workshop in Kampala on Thursday, Mr. Fagessa stated that intra and interstate disputes exist in the region

“As you all follow, the IGAD region comprises of 8 countries that have experienced and are still experiencing volatile situations in their endeavor for state and nation building, and as a result have experienced inter-state and intra-state disputes,” said Fagessa.

Fegessa noted that the conflict in the region is escalating to composite levels that require joint undertakings by the member states.

“The current conflict dynamics in the region are increasingly becoming complex and volatile; calling for collective action to support our member states to overcome political challenges and work towards preventing conflict,” noted Fagessa.

The IGAD member states including Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya, Sudan and Eritrea witnessed several conflicts and active frontlines are still happening in the two Sudan.

Mr. Fagessa recognized the efforts being undertaken by the continental and international organizations to calm the region.

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“I take this opportunity to acknowledge the presence of our partners; the European Union, the United Nations Department of Political Affairs (UN-DPA) Standby-Team, the Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation (FemWISE), the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and our mother organization; the African Union.”

European Union has already provided 40m Euros to IGAD Peace and Security Division to forge stability in the explosive Horn of Africa and also supporting the building of IGAD capacity in conflict resolution.

The two days conference taking place at Sheraton Hotel is aimed at establishing mutual learning environment to enrich existing talent, knowledge and experience on conflict prevention, dialogue and mediation between the skilled and internationally exposed mediators, highlight international best practices.

In 2014 IGAD established roster of mediators to develop regional normative capacity on mediation with a number of instruments. This Roster comprises of 21 members who are highly trained and experienced mediators from the member states.

Dialogue has so far secured second peace agreement in South Sudan conflict and the rejoin is still amazed by the end of 20 year old conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea championed by Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy.

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