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European Commission - Statement

Joint Statement by the Spokespersons of the HR/VP Federica Mogherini and of Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides on the return of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition to Juba

Brussels, 22 December 2015

The arrival in Juba on 21 December 2015 of an advance team of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition (SPLM/A iO) represents a crucial step in the implementation of the peace agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan that was signed in August 2015.

This was reflected by the positive outcome of today’s meeting of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (JMEC), under the able leadership of President Festus Mogae, and by the joint commitment of stakeholders to move forward quickly to establish the Transitional Government of National Unity.

The EU stands ready to support full implementation of the peace agreement. 

South Sudan is affected by one of the world's most severe humanitarian crises. The humanitarian situation in the country is disastrous. It is crucial that all obstacles to full and unconditional humanitarian access are removed immediately and that lifesaving assistance is provided urgently to the South Sudanese people.


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