Spindelegger calls for a stop to violence between Sudan and South Sudan
Vienna, 29 March 2012 – Austrian Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger expressed his concern about the latest military conflicts in the border region between Sudan and South Sudan: “All parties involved are called upon to take every effort to avoid any further escalation of violence in the border region between Sudan and South Sudan.”
“The governments in Khartoum and Juba are under the obligation to protect their people and ensure their safety. Any unsettled issues between the two countries must be settled peacefully at the negotiating table and not in military conflict”, Spindelegger added, also referring to the agreement between the two neighbouring states in which they have committed themselves to the search for peaceful solutions.
The Vice Chancellor sharply criticised the continued blockade of humanitarian aid supplies for the suffering people in the crisis areas along the border: “Relief organisations are ready to act, but often they are denied access to the villages where the people live who need their help so desperately. This is inhumane and aggravating the situation of the suffering population even further.”
Sudan and South Sudan are key areas of the Vice Chancellor’s activities on the African continent. His last visit to the region was in December 2010 and he is in regular contact with political leaders of the two Sudans.
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