Statement on the Cease-Fire in South Sudan
Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement on the cease-fire in South Sudan:
“I welcome the signing of a cessation of hostilities agreement in South Sudan. The people of South Sudan worked too long and fought too hard to have this young nation fall back into violence, and I hope that this agreement will be a critical first step to building a lasting peace.
“The real work of nation building must now get under way, and it is essential that South Sudan’s leader work to implement the agreement and start an inclusive political dialogue to resolve the underlying causes of the conflict. As President Obama has stated, the full participation of political detainees currently being held by the Government of South Sudan is essential to implementation of this agreement, and I commend Secretary Kerry for his commitment to work to expedite their release.
“I also commend the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for their tireless work in bringing these two sides together, and I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress in support of the people of South Sudan. I would like to take this opportunity to applaud the hard work of the U.S. Embassy in Juba, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, and representatives of the international community for their continued efforts in support of the people of South Sudan.”