The British special envoy to South Sudan is calling on the government and the SPLM/SPLA in Opposition to allow uninterrupted humanitarian access to civilians across the country.
Tim Morris, who is also a member of the TROIKA countries, said continuous violence in South Sudan, is displacing more people and affecting the work of aid organizations in trying to assist civilians.
Mr. Morris said the United Kingdom, United States and Norway will continue to support IGAD to help the warring parties find quick solutions to the crisis in South Sudan.
Tim Morris called for the immediate cessation of hostilities to allow civilians return to their homes before the rainy season.
“The biggest issue in our capitals is the humanitarian crisis and the suffering of the people of South Sudan. The responsibilities of the parties is absolutely clear – that it is to enable humanitarian access and it is to follow humanitarian international law –we insist on that, those are non-negotiable points, they are not about this negotiation, because they are obligations on all sides.”
Mr. Morris said the government force and forces loyal to Dr. Riek Machar should stop further military actions in the country to allow the peace talks to succeed.
“We are very concern that there is evidence that the parties are acting tactically and are preparing for future military activity –which in the international terms -will be completely unacceptable. We as the TROIKA, we as the international community are strongly supporting the installation of a monitoring mechanism as a result of the cessation of hostilities.”
Tim Morris also said the negotiations in Addis Ababa should be inclusive, honest and address the root causes of conflicts in South Sudan.