Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin today (10 May):
“”The news that a ceasefire has been agreed between the conflicting parties in South Sudan is an important first sign of hope for people in the conflict region.
The ceasefire, which was achieved thanks to the intelligent and persistent mediation efforts by Ethiopia and the African regional organisation IGAD, is a significant step towards finding a political solution to the conflict in South Sudan. However, the ceasefire is fragile. What is important now is that the weapons really do fall silent, the parties agree on a long-term and stable ceasefire and people in need in the conflict regions of South Sudan can be provided with humanitarian assistance again without restrictions.
The political leaders of the two conflicting parties in South Sudan are responsible for ensuring that this can be achieved and that further talks take place to develop a viable strategy for a
peaceful future for their country. Germany, together with its partners in the EU, will continue to support the African mediation efforts in every way it can.””
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