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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Remarks on South Sudan Situation and China's Work to De-escalate South Sudan Tension

2016/07/20

Q: What's China's comment on the current situation in South Sudan? What measures are you going to take to de-escalate the tension there?

A: The current situation in South Sudan is still dire and complex despite the ceasefire announcements made by the conflicting parties. Uncertainties still loom large, and the international community needs to put in more efforts on the South Sudan issue to ease the situation there.

China has always participated in and pushed forward the peace process in South Sudan. Since a sudden turn of events took place in South Sudan, China has strengthened communication and coordination with other mediators of the South Sudan issue, made positive efforts to bolster talks, and promoted the conflicting parties to end violence and resume dialogue. Ambassador Zhong Jianhua, the Special Envoy for African affairs of the Chinese Government kicked off visits to Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and other major parties concerned to the South Sudan issue on July 20 to exchange views with all parties, discuss on further support to the mediation efforts by Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), facilitate an early restoration of stability to South Sudan, and urge the conflicting parties to implement the South Sudan peace agreement. Looking forward, China is willing to join other parties of the international community in continuously playing a positive and constructive role in de-escalating the South Sudan situation at an early date.

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