The US says that it will keep South Sudan under a state of national emergency.
The United States of America has declared that the National Emergency in South Sudan will be extended for another year.
In a statement obtained by NCMP, US President Joe Biden stated that the national emergency declared on April 3, 2014, must be extended until April 3, 2022.
“The situation in and around South Sudan continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the United States’ national security and foreign policy.
As a result, the national emergency declared on April 3, 2014, must be extended until April 3, 2022 “The statement read as follows:
“As a result, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am extending the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13664 for one year.”
The 2014 order was implemented, according to the statement, “to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the situation in and in relation to South Sudan marked by activities that threaten the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan and the surrounding region, including widespread violence and atrocities, human rights abuses, recruitment and use of child soldiers, attacks on peacekeepers.”
The main parties to the 2018 peace agreement recently clashed, escalating tensions between factions loyal to President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar.