16 January 2014

Kenya Must Push for Release of South Sudan Detainees

Nairobi — A confidential document from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs seen by Capital FM News has advised that Kenya should push for the release of officials detained in South Sudan's conflict.

The leaked document also makes it clear that Kenya must adopt a non-partisan stand in the conflict.

"Kenya needs to remain neutral to remain a credible mediator in the face of challenges currently facing the peace process in South Sudan," diplomats who have authored the advisory say, adding that "It may be in the interest of Kenya to pursue the release of detainees."

It notes that the progress of the peace talks is influenced by the issue of detainees and continued military posturing by parties on the ground. "The government (of South Sudan) intends to capture Bor while the opposition are strategising to capture Malakal."

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