Special Envoy visits South Sudan

Jon Anton Johnson, the Norwegian Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, visited South Sudan from Monday, June 26 to Wednesday, June 28 and held meetings with key stakeholders in the peace process in South Sudan and Sudan.

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While in Juba, Special Envoy Anton held meetings with the First Vice President Dr Riek Machar Teny and Vice President Hon. Hussein Abdelbagi Akol.

He also discussed with the Minister of Presidential Affairs Hon. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Deng Dau Deng, other ministers, Ambassadors of Kenya and AU representing IGAD, members of the civil society and religious leaders.

Special Envoy Johnson’s last visit to Juba was in November last year. Johnson noted his disappointment over the lack of progress the last seven months.

Special Envoy Johnson emphasized the need for increased momentum in the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement in South Sudan. He also exchanged views on the situation in Sudan and how the region, including South Sudan, can constructively engage to end the conflict.

“We take note of the optimism the Vice President has to implement the Revitalized Peace Agreement and the roadmap”, Special Envoy Johnson said after meeting the First Vice President Dr Riek Machar. “We have also taken note of the clear views on how the region could work for a constructive solution for Sudan.”

Special Envoy Anton also thanked South Sudan for maintaining an open border policy for Sudanese refugees and South Sudanese returnees.

“The basis for Norway’s engagement in South Sudan is our solidarity and support for the people of this country. This will not change. Norway will remain a partner and friend to the people of South Sudan.”

As part of the Troika (United States of America, Norway and the United Kingdom), Norway underlines the importance of regional efforts for ending the crisis in Sudan and the full implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement in South Sudan.