Sudan: US calls on South Sudan leader to return to dialogue

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The U.S. Department of State has called on South Sudanese leaders to end what it described as “self-destructive violence” and return to political dialogue, and to help South Sudan realise its full potential.

In a press release it issued on the occasion of the 6th anniversary of South Sudan’s national Day on Sunday, the US administration pointed out that the birth of South Sudan in 2011 was marked by hope for a peaceful and prosperous future.

“The American people, like many around the world, celebrated as the South Sudanese forged a free and independent nation following years of strife. Six years later, on the occasion of South Sudan’s independence, the promise of 2011 has been supplanted in 2017 by a continuing civil war and devastating humanitarian crisis affecting millions.”

The release received by PANA in Khartoum said the conflict that broke out in December 2013 set South Sudan on a precarious course, causing immense suffering, creating divisions and holding the country back.

"We deeply regret that the second chance made possible by the formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity in April 2016 was squandered."

Following the collapse of the permanent ceasefire in July 2016, the armed conflict expanded across the country and the parties to the conflict remain unwilling to return to the negotiating table.

“The consequences have been dire: two million people displaced inside South Sudan, nearly two million people displaced as refugees outside of South Sudan, and six million people facing life-threatening hunger,” it stressed.

However, the statement stressed, the United States remains deeply committed to a stable and inclusive South Sudan, warning that there is no military solution to the conflict.

“We extend our best wishes to the people of the Republic of South Sudan on the sixth anniversary of the nation’s independence. The United States will stand with the people of South Sudan and with all leaders who are working for peace, stability, and justice,” the US statement said.
-0- PANA MO/ 9 July 2017

09 july 2017 14:58:39

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