South Sudan: Peace Negotiations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 8th January 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the ability of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development to secure a peace agreement in South Sudan; and what assessment they have made of potential alternatives for seeking peace involving the Troika or independent experts.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

We strongly support the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)’s initiative to revitalise the 2015 Peace Agreement. It is the regional countries who have most ability to influence the South Sudanese to bring an end to the conflict. We are working closely with them and the wider international community to support this. The High Level Revitalisation Forum is a critical opportunity and the most viable initiative to bring all the parties to the conflict round the table. The first priority has been the negotiation of a cessation of hostilities amongst a broad range of armed actors, which has been agreed. We warmly welcome this step and call on all parties to adhere to the agreement.

We continue to work very closely with the US and Norway (our Troika partners) and engage with independent experts to consider how we can best support South Sudan’s process towards peace. We currently assess that IGAD’s revitalisation forum is the best chance that South Sudan has for peace.

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