Statement on the One Year Anniversary of South Sudan’s Independence
Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
6 July 2012
On 9 July 2011 South Sudan gained its independence, becoming the 193 member of the United Nations (UN). This should have paved the way for a period of peace and stability in Sudan and South Sudan following two brutal civil wars which left millions of civilians dead. Instead, during the past year we have seen the commission of mass atrocity crimes stemming in part from the failure of both countries to address outstanding issues from the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Following South Sudan’s independence, momentum towards full implementation of the CPA has been lost. (…)
The situations in Sudan and South Sudan are dire and protracted conflict between both states is thwarting the possibilities of a lasting peace. Immediate action is required to halt the commission of mass atrocities, hold perpetrators accountable and push all parties to negotiate a comprehensive resolution. After a year of low activity and a lack of attention to the deteriorating crises in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, the African Union’s “Roadmap” and UN Security Council Resolution 2046 represent a renewed sense of awareness about the magnitude of the challenge facing Sudan and South Sudan. (…)
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