South Sudan: Politics and Government

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 4 September 2023.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to support democracy in South Sudan; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development and Africa)

The UK released a joint Troika (UK, USA, Norway) statement in June emphasising the need for the Government of South Sudan to meet commitments in their Peace Agreement without delay. During a meeting in May with the South Sudanese Minister for Presidential Affairs and a call with the South Sudanese Acting Foreign Minister in July, the FCDO's Minister for Africa also stressed the need for progress towards democratic elections. In the 2022/23 UN peacekeeping financial year, the UK provided £54.5 million to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, who are mandated to support preparations for elections. We also fund a peacebuilding programme and the placement of technical experts in the ceasefire and peace agreement implementation monitoring mechanisms.

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