Africa Notes: Mediating the Sudanese Conflict: A Challenge for the IGADD - February 1995
February 1, 1995
In September 1993, the member countries of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Drought and Desertification (IGADD)-until recently a relatively obscure regional organization coordinating the anti-drought/ anti-desertification programs of a region that includes Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda-undertook to mediate, under the chairmanship of Kenya's President Daniel arap Moi, an end to Sudan's long civil war. The mediators first convened a meeting with the contending Sudanese factions in Kampala, Uganda, in November 1993. A series of meetings followed in January, March, May, July, and September 1994, and (most recently) January 4, 1995. Although no visible progress has yet been made toward peace, it now appears that this initiative has a chance of ending the bloodletting in Africa's largest country.