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EU urges Juba to sign Cotonou Agreement

Author : | Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The European Union is urging South Sudan to join an agreement that it put off signing last year.

The Cotonou Agreement is a treaty between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States that works towards eradication of poverty while contributing to sustainable development.

Last year, South Sudan Suspended the signing of the Agreement saying it would complicate the implementation of the Cooperation Agreement with Sudan.

Speaking after a meeting with the Minister of Petroleum and Mining, the EU Special Representative to South Sudan and Sudan, Rosalina Marsden, said the pact would open opportunity for development:


“I noted that the accession of South Sudan to the Cotonou Agreement will open up more opportunities to European Union to support regional infrastructure projects and that will be of benefit to South Sudan developmental, petroleum and mining sector.”

The treaty is also intended to fight against impunity and promotion of criminal justice through the International Criminal Court.

Unless South Sudan signs the Cotonou agreement, it will not gain from any of its economic benefits.

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