Kenya: IGAD Quartet Sets Roadmap for Sudan Peace Talks Amid Resistance in Khartoum

Nairobi — Foreign Ministers drawn from the IGAD quartet of Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and South Sudan have endorsed a roadmap to Sudan peace talks amid resistance from Khartoum’s General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan-led camp.

The ministers agreed on the roadmap on Monday following a virtual meeting led by Kenya’s Alfred Mutua even as the al-Burhan-controlled Foreign Ministry voiced its objection.

Al-Burhan, Sudan’s military chief is engaged in a vicious war with General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo “Hemetti”, the leader of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces following a fallout in April.

“Sudan is not concerned with the outcome of the meeting, because it is still waiting for a response from the IGAD regarding Sudan’s objection to Kenya’s chairmanship of the quartet committee,” Sudan’s MFA stated on Monday.

Sudan’s Foreign Office contested Kenya’s characterization of the conflict as “fighting between two generals,” signaling its refusal to formally recognize Hemetti who deputized al-Burhan in the transitional sovereign council tasked to rule the country.

“The way in which the Kenyan government deals with the mediation file contradicts with the basic principles of the IGAD, represented in respecting the sovereignty of states,” the ministry said.

IGAD nevertheless released a ten-point outcome document following Monday’s virtual session said the quartet committee approved a proposal to appoint a Special Envoy of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

The committee which included Djibouti’s Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, Ethiopia’s Demeke Mekonnen Hassen and South Sudan’s Deng Dau Deng said the Special Envoy will lead liaison efforts.