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US affirms commitment to support peace process in South Sudan

Author: Michael Daniel | Published: Thursday, January 5, 2023

U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan, Michael J. Adler. (Photo: Courtesy).

The US ambassador to South Sudan has reiterated his government’s commitment to continue supporting the peace process in South Sudan.

Michael J. Adler says the sub-national violence in the country is an obstacle to peace and development.

According to UN reports, sub-national violence in South Sudan remains the biggest insecurity threat since the signing of the revitalized agreement in 2018.

South Sudan recently witnessed outbreaks of sub-national violence in the country where tens of civilians were killed, and thousands displaced in Upper Nile, Jonglei, Central Equatoria, warrap, and Abyei.

Ambassador Adler says his country will keep helping South Sudan to achieve lasting peace, stability, and development.

“We talked about the importance of efforts to continue to seek to address and end the sub-national violence. We also talked about the importance of efforts to achieve peace and commitment,” said Ambassador Adler after meeting Dr. Riek Machar in Juba on Wednesday.

“2023 is a very important year for the South Sudanese people and it is extremely important for it to be a year of peace progress and reconciliation.”

In September last year, the head of the UN mission in South Sudan, Nicholas Haysom said sub-national violence marked by cycles of cattle raiding, abductions, and revenge killings continued to devastate communities and drive humanitarian needs in the country.

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