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Despite yet another deadline, the two principal protagonists in South Sudan's tragic civil war have once again refused to accept the mutual compromises required to reach an agreement that paves the way for a comprehensive settlement of the conflict. This demonstrates lack of leadership and a careless disregard of the well-being of the South Sudanese peoples.
The IGAD Chair, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, asked regional and international partners to work together to reinvigorate the peace process and agree a common approach to end the crisis. The EU, together with the African Union and other international partners, stands ready to support IGAD in any way that can help to bring an end to the current deadly impasse.
Prime Minister Hailemariam's letter comes shortly after the wider international community, represented by the UN Security Council, made clear that it deplores the behaviour of the parties to the conflict through a unanimous resolution creating a framework for sanctions against those who have committed war crimes or who impede the process of peace. The EU agrees it is important to increase pressure on the parties to resolve all outstanding issues without further delay.
Accountability for crimes committed in the course of the conflict is essential, and the EU reiterates its call for the release of the full, final report of the AU Commission of Inquiry into the conflict.