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South Sudan: Politics and Government

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 6433, tabled on 28 October 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to improve the political and humanitarian situation in South Sudan.

Answered on

4 November 2019

The UK remains at the forefront of the international response to the humanitarian crisis and the UK is providing lifesaving humanitarian support to hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan. In 2018 we supported over 221,000 people with food assistance, over 100,000 children with nutrition support and over 142,000 people with emergency water, hygiene and sanitation support.

The UK supports lasting peace in South Sudan and continues to engage parties and region at the highest levels to improve the political situation. During my August visit to Juba, I pressed President Kiir and his ministers to deliver progress and make compromise needed for the peace agreement to succeed. The UK also co-hosted an event with Kenya at the UN General Assembly in September 2019 to urge progress and galvanise regional partners to pressure parties to deliver peace. Additionally, the UK continues to support actions, including sanctions and an arms embargo, to deter those who undermine peace. We, alongside Troika partners (UK, US and Norway) issued a statement urging all sides to demonstrate their commitment to peace by increasing co-operation and working together to resolve outstanding issues https://www.gov.uk/government/news/south-sudan-troika-statement-october-2019.