EU High Representative for foreign affairs and security policy Catherine Ashton Tuesday voiced extreme concern that “South Sudan risks spiralling into a disaster for both its own people and the region.”
“Such a situation can, and must, be avoided. It is the responsibility of all the country’s political leaders to ensure that this does not happen,” she said in a statement.
The EU foreign policy chief stressed that it is essential that all political leaders commit immediately to a political dialogue to resolve their differences.
“This dialogue must include all groups, including those whose leaders are currently imprisoned and those in revolt against the government. The use of force will achieve nothing, and all must use their influence to immediately cease hostilities and prevent further fighting which will only cause the further shedding of innocent blood,” she said.