The EU is doing everything within its powers to bring the conflict in South Sudan to an end. The EU, as a witness to the 2015 peace agreement, is working vigorously to support its implementation and is an active member of the peace-monitoring institutions established by the agreement, such as the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC).
The EU is providing financial assistance for implementation of parts of the peace agreement. The EU has an intensive political dialogue with the Transitional Government of National Unity, both under the auspices of JMEC and bilaterally, in which it urges the Government to implement a ceasefire and to engage in an inclusive political process. The EU has taken note of the unilateral ceasefire recently announced by President Kiir but regrets that numerous violations of the ceasefire are continuing to occur.
The EU, also through the work of its Special Representative to the Horn of Africa, is in frequent contact with the countries of the region and with the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the African Union and the United Nations to encourage implementation of the peace agreement. The EU has recently decided to grant EUR 400 000 to support the work of the AU High Representative for South Sudan.
The EU is committed to using the full range of instruments at its disposal, namely political pressure, sanctions, development assistance and support for international justice, to encourage an inclusive political process in South Sudan. The EU will continue to lobby in the UN Security Council for imposition of a UN arms embargo.