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Statement by the Spokesperson on the signature of the Cessation of Hostilities agreement for South Sudan
The signature of the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians, and Humanitarian Access is an important step towards a resolution of the conflict in South Sudan. The Agreement was signed yesterday in Addis Ababa by the parties to the conflict in South Sudan. The European Union signed as an official witness alongside other international partners.
This took place in the context of the High Level Revitalisation Forum, which started on 18 December and is led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). In particular, the efforts of the facilitation, led by IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, Ambassador Ismail Wais, are commendable.
Over the last few days, South Sudanese participants have shown their commitment to constructive dialogue and compromise. Now, the implementation of the agreement will be essential, as the situation in South Sudan remains critical.
All parties to the conflict should respect their commitment to the cessation of hostilities and create the conditions for humanitarian access. The EU remains ready to apply any necessary tools, including restrictive measures, towards individuals obstructing the way towards progress, in line with the African Union Peace and Security Council Communiqué of 20 September.