Role of the South African Government in the South Sudanese Peace Talks

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO: 238 (NW316E)

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 2-2014 OF 27 JUNE 2014

MR S MOKGALAPA (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION:

What is the Government’s role in the South Sudanese peace talks?

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(1) Following separate requests from President Salva Kiir and the leader of the SPLM-in-Opposition Dr Riek Machar to assist and facilitate dialogue in the current conflict in South Sudan, President Jacob Zuma appointed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as Special Envoy for South Sudan. The Special Envoy has started in earnest with his assignment to the extent that he has visited South Sudan and neighbouring countries on two occasions for consultations with the President, Mr. Salva Kiir and the Leader of the SPLM-in- Opposition, Mr Riek Machar as well as a number of other stakeholders in South Sudan and regional leaders. His engagement is aimed not only at facilitating political dialogue between President Kiir and Dr. Machar, but also at complementing the regional conflict resolution and mediation efforts under the leadership of the relevant Regional Economic Community, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and other international efforts. The South African Government, through the Special Envoy, plans to continue these engagements in pursuit of a negotiated and peaceful resolution of the current conflict in South Sudan.

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