South Sudan: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th September 2017.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in South Sudan; and what steps is he making to support the peace process in that country.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development), Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The Government is deeply concerned by the crisis in South Sudan. We continue to work with partners to lead the international response, and encourage all sides to bring an end to conflict, allow humanitarian access, and return to an inclusive political process.

We are strongly encouraging all sides to respond constructively to the recent initiative led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development to revitalise the peace process. The immediate priority must be a negotiated ceasefire and a peace process that facilitates the participation of non-armed actors. We also continue to lobby the government of South Sudan to allow the UN Mission in South Sudan to effectively fulfil its mandate, and for the swift deployment of the Regional Protection Force.

The UK is one of the largest humanitarian donors to South Sudan, and spent £168 million through our bilateral aid programme in 2016/17. This year we are continuing to provide a package of support.

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