Minister Nicholson Deeply Disappointed by Failed South Sudan Peace Talks

March 9, 2015 – The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement regarding the failure of peace talks on South Sudan:
“Canada is deeply disappointed by the failure to reach an agreement for peace in South Sudan.
“The refusal by both parties to come to an agreement means the South Sudanese people will continue to suffer the tragic consequences of the conflict.‎ The people of South Sudan deserve a better future.
“Canada is also appalled by recent reports of forced recruitment of children by government forces and opposition militias and calls for the immediate release of all abducted children.
“We remain concerned about reports of renewed military activity in the north of the country. The parties have agreed to the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, and they should abide by it.
“We commend the ongoing commitment of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development to South Sudan. Canada will continue to support constructive measures taken by regional and international actors, including the UN Security Council, to bring about a peaceful resolution of the conflict.”
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