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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

AFET MEPs call on EU to take action on Sudan-South Sudan issue

Once more, tensions in Africa and China’s engagement in the continent, oblige the EU to re-evaluate its foreign policy. The Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET) urged the EU to take action on the crises in West, Central and East Africa, particularly regarding the tensions between Sudan and South Sudan. AFET MEPs underlined China's role in Sudan – South Sudan relations, as the country  has been very active in the region.  Highlighting that the EU has been dragging its feet with regards to helping resolve the conflict, MEP Mario Mauro has asked the committee : “What is the EU's role here?”
Nicholas Westcott, director for Africa at the European External Action Service (EEAS), said the reason why no agreement had yet been reached was that the two countries lacked experience in coping with the situation. Likewise, the EU Special Representative for Sudan, said the EU and China shared the same goal because they were both encouraging the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to develop a solution for peace. However, she considered that "China acts proactively because Chinese enterprises are affected by Sudanese oil".
In line with other MEPs, Véronique de Keyser expressed concerns and said that if one were to compare the situation in 2011 and that in 2012 between Sudan and South Sudan, one would see that “the situation has degenerated”.

Source: European Parliament