Ambassadors and Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Norway, the European Union, Germany and The Netherlands have released the following statement:
“We are concerned that some members of the political parties delegation have been prevented from travelling to join IGAD talks in Ethiopia to which they were invited by the IGAD mediators. This does not sit well with an inclusive and representative process that takes into account the views of all constituencies and all stakeholders. Preventing an individual from travelling may also violate his or her right to freedom of movement.
We remain deeply concerned about the political and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, an entirely man-made catastrophe. We call on leaders on all sides to recognise the need for compromise, to put their people first and to make peace a reality as a first priority.”