The Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD)-led peace talks between the Government of South Sudan and the opposition forces are continuing in Addis Ababa but progress continues to be slow.
Reports of attacks in Malakal and the discovery of mass graves in Bor are the latest in a series of disturbing allegations of human rights violations and abuses in South Sudan. We are urging the African Union Commission of Inquiry to act quickly and deploy an investigation team to collect the necessary information.
During the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, my hon. Friend Mark Simmonds's meeting in February with South Sudanese Foreign Minister Dr Barnaba Benjamin, he urged progress in the peace talks and accountability for human rights abuses.