Statement on Violence in South Sudan
December 23, 2013
Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement on the violence in South Sudan:
"South Sudan is one of the world's youngest countries, and the United States should do all that it can to bring about a peaceful solution that will end the country's crisis, which has already cost hundreds of lives, forced the evacuation of United States personnel, and threatens to further destabilize this nation.
"Last year I had the opportunity to travel to South Sudan, where I met with both President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar, who represent the hope of South Sudan's 8 million citizens that they will live in a nation that values democracy and the rule of law. I join with other world leaders, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in calling on President Kiir and former Vice President Machar to put a stop to the violence in South Sudan and begin the process of finding a peaceful way to resolve this crisis.
"I commend Secretary Kerry for his leadership and commitment to continued dialogue with South Sudanese leaders as he works to bring both sides together, and I will work with my colleagues in Congress to support U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Ambassador Donald Booth as he crafts a diplomatic solution that will hopefully stop the current bloodshed and prevent ethnic violence from erupting in the nation."