EU concerned about S. Sudan peace agreement as international community’s interest in the country is dwindling
Addressing the press last week in Juba, Mr. Janez Lenarčič announced his deep concern about the South Sudan peace agreement, He further mentioned that he is worried that many parts of the country are facing famine-like conditions and pondered why the international community’s interest in South Sudan is dwindling.
In his address, He mentioned that the humanitarian situation across South Sudan is so dire that aid alone will not resolve the situation, South Sudan government needs to swiftly rise to the challenge and speed up the implementation of the peace agreement.
“The situation in the country is difficult, critical, and all we international donors need to scale up our humanitarian assistance, but at the same time the government of South Sudan should do its part by swiftly making further progress in the implementation of the peace agreement,” Mr Lenarčič said.
“Humanitarian aid alone will not solve the situation. We need to break the circle of year-in-year-out deterioration, violence and natural disasters. We need to address the root causes of conflict and provide mid-and long-term solutions. It’s imperative for peace to succeed.”
According to Mr Lenarčič, South Sudan as a whole is bracing itself for the worst food crisis ever. “Only five donors, including the European Union account for almost 77% of the total aid to South Sudan. This lack of interest risks turning this already disastrous situation into a forgotten crisis,” he warned.
Janez Lenarčič, in the center, at the World Food Program (WFP) warehouse in Pibor, South Sudan.
The European Humanitarian chief however announced new funding of €43.5 million in humanitarian aid to South Sudan to provide multi-sector relief, including protection and food assistance, to those affected by human-made crises and natural disasters.
While in the country, Mr Lenarčič met both President Kiir and his deputy Dr Riek Machar, with whom he discussed the peace process, met civil society activists, humanitarians, aid beneficiaries, and visited some EU- funded programs in Pibor and Likuangole (Jonglei) and the Central Equatoria States.
Mr Lenarčič is the first member of the EU executive body to visit South Sudan since 2015.
World Food Program (WFP) general food distribution site in Likuangole, South Sudan.