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The Foreigner Top Norway and South Sudanese politicians discuss crisis. Talks at high political level take place as the country approaches a critical point. “South Sudan is at a critical stage and there are reports of battles in various locations in the country. The next few hours and days are crucial. There’s a risk of full civil war along ethnic lines if political dialogue cannot be begun,” said Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs in a statement, issued Sunday. The Foreign Minister spoke with South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Minister of Foreign Affairs Barnaba Marial Benjamin today. Minister Brende also talked with Riek Machar, former Vice President of South Sudan. Mr Machar was one of the leaders of the recent attempted military coup against the incumbent President.

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Top Norway and South Sudanese politicians discuss crisis

Published on Sunday, 22nd December, 2013 at 19:16 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .

Talks at high political level take place as the country approaches a critical point.



“South Sudan is at a critical stage and there are reports of battles in various locations in the country. The next few hours and days are crucial. There’s a risk of full civil war along ethnic lines if political dialogue cannot be begun,” said Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs in a statement, issued Sunday.

The Foreign Minister spoke with South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Minister of Foreign Affairs Barnaba Marial Benjamin today. Minister Brende also talked with Riek Machar, former Vice President of South Sudan. Mr Machar was one of the leaders of the recent attempted military coup against the incumbent President.

During these conversations, concern was expressed that the conflict in the country could develop into a civil war, the Norwegian Ministry reported. Norway has closed its embassy in South Sudan capital Juba.

“I stressed my deep concern for developments in South Sudan. We need to start a political process to resolve the conflict while there is still time. All parties must contribute, but President Kiir has a special responsibility by virtue of his Office,” explained Foreign Minister Brende in today’s statement.

His comments come following several attacks. This week saw an assault on the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) outside of Akobo in the state of Jonglei.

The international organisation reported that some 20 civilians and two peacekeepers were killed. The fatalities add to the hundreds of others believed killed over recent days.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was “appalled” to learn of the attack. Both he and UNSC (UN Security Council) members also strongly condemned the ongoing violence.

And amongst warnings from the Canadian Federal Government for its citizens to immediately leave the country, four US service members were injured when gunfire hit three CV-22 Osprey military aircraft.

The planes were trying to land at Bor whilst personnel were "in a mission to evacuate American citizens in Bor", capital of the state of Jonglei. According to officials, this remote region of South Sudan became a battleground between the country's military and renegade troops.

“After receiving fire from the ground while approaching the site, the aircraft diverted to an airfield outside the country and aborted the mission," a US military statement said. The four injured soldiers were reported to be in a stable condition.

The previous day, one UN helicopter performed an emergency landing after being hit by small arms fire. It was part of a mission involving a total of four the UN sent to extract 40 UN peacekeepers from a base in Yuai, also located in Jonglei. There were no casualties.

In his statement, Sunday, following talks with the top South Sudanese politicians, Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende also said that he believes a political solution is “still possible”.

“But I warned both [President] Kiir and [former Vice President Riek] Machar that a military solution to the conflict could lead to a prolonged destabilisation of South Sudan. Such a conflict would set the country’s economic development back a long way, scaring away potential investors. It will also affect the civilian population that has already suffered enough during war and conflict,” added Minister of Foreign Affairs Brende.

He also spoke with Ismael Chergui, head of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council. 

“Regional organisations such as the AU and Eastern Africa-based IGAD (The Intergovernmental Authority on Development) play a particularly important role in bringing the parties in Sudan to the negotiating table. Norway is ready to assist both the AU and IGAD in their work,” Foreign Minister Brende concluded.

Norway, together with the US and UK, is part of the so-termed ‘Sudan Troika’. All three nations have expressed deep concern the situation in South Sudan.



Published on Sunday, 22nd December, 2013 at 19:16 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .

This post has the following tags: southsudan, norway, sudantroika.





  
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