On March 10, the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Ambassador Donald Booth, will arrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as part of a regional trip to continue to engage with diplomatic partners, South Sudanese leadership, and just as importantly, the South Sudanese people. While in Addis, Ambassador Booth will work with our regional partners to support the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)-led South Sudan mediation process as well as international efforts to stabilize the crisis and support the January 23rd Cessation of Hostilities agreement.
Ambassador Booth will also attend the joint U.S. and IGAD-supported South Sudanese Civil Society Conference to help facilitate the participation of the South Sudanese people in this peace process. To chart a new course for South Sudan requires a broadly inclusive dialogue and reconciliation process. This visit will continue our strong cooperation with IGAD, the Troika (the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway), the European Union, China, and other partners as we try to encourage a resolution of the South Sudanese crisis through the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities agreement and through an inclusive and truly national political process.