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Published on Oct 30, 2015
Since achieving independence in 2011, South Sudan has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. As an early proponent myself of the benefits of Sudan’s splitting into two separate states, I am greatly saddened by the internal conflict that has since ensued.
Thousands have died and millions are now internally displaced, with the situation only worsening since December 2013. Following a series of failed ceasefires, it was announced yesterday that the parties from all sides had finally reached agreement as to the details regarding the implementation of measures agreed in August of this year. Reports suggest that these talks are a significant step forward as to resolving some tensions, but we must remain cautious with our optimism. The EU and Member State governments must now support the work of IGAD, the regional body that is mediating the talks along with the African Union. The UN also has announced the deployment of a mission to South Sudan that will investigate human rights abuses against civilians since December 2013, which my group, the ECR, welcomes. But to be absolutely frank, we all miss the late John Garang’s strong leadership. Sadly, he is no longer in the region. He is no longer with us.