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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Foreign Affairs Council ready to give assistance, provided that fighting stops in Sudan

The Foreign Affairs Council of the EU is alarmed by recent violence and subsequent displacement of civilians in South Sudan. Failure to stop hostilities, Foreign Ministers say, will have a practical impact on the engagement of the international community in Sudan. In particular, the Council condemns the fact that north-south roads have been blocked, causing food and fuel shortages in the South, and calls for immediate access to be restored through all routes. To help citizens throughout Sudan, the EU commits to the continued provision of needs-based humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations. In this context, ministers also pledge to step up the EU’s political dialogue with Sudan and establish a regular and comprehensive political dialogue with the Government of South Sudan. EU Member States, they state, are actively examining possible support for an international debt relief effort for Sudan through the IMF, the World Bank and the Paris Club, consistent with tangible political progress in Sudan. The Council agrees to follow a comprehensive EU approach to Sudan and, from 9 July 2011, to South Sudan. To this end, the EU will:

  • continue to support poverty reduction efforts by both governments;
  • assist the development of accountable, transparent and efficient government in both states based on respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and the rule of law;
  • contribute to the effective co-ordination of international support, including through a state

Source: Council of Ministers