Ambassador Christian Bader, Head of the European Union Delegation to South Sudan
Following the outbreak of the crisis in December 2013 and then again with the war in 2016, the EU used its available tools to try to bring the warring parties to stop the violence. It focused on supporting the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Mediation and its monitoring mechanisms, but also reinforcing the population’s resilience and food security.
The EU has been heavily involved in the peace process with EU Special Representative Alexander Rondos playing a key role. The Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (RARCSS) is available here (link is external).
The EU has a formal role in several new structures, put in place by the peace process, especially the Revitalised Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) and the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM).
Politically, the EU works together with regional and international partners to promote a substantial and swift implementation of the RARCSS. The EU, working in close co-operation with South Sudan's neighbours and international partners, stands ready to support the efforts of the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity, as it works to implement the R-ARCSS, on the basis of the mandate provided by the last Council Conclusions.