EU stands with South Sudan
Presidential Legal Advisor Lawrence Korbandly cheers with Stefano-De-Leo Head of European Union: (photo by Mandela Nelson Denis):
By Mandela Nelson Denis
The European Union representative in South Sudan, Stefano De-Leo has said that the European Union will stand with South Sudan since they have never abandoned South Sudan.
The EU representative was speaking during the celebration of Europe Day at the American Embassy on Wednesday.
Stefano said that amidst the economic crisis hitting the country, the existing resources should be used to first address the needs of the population.
“The EU and its member states has never abandoned South Sudan, we are engaged together with member states in strengthening food security, infrastructures, rural development, basic services, education and governance,” Stefeano said.
Stefano explained that European Union will remain a strategic partner in humanitarian assistance through European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operation Organization (ECHO).
The EU’s statement comes just a day after the United States, the largest humanitarian donor to South Sudan threatened to review its assistance to South Sudan, accusing its leaders of fueling the fighting.
Stefano whose term in office is coming to an end said that he hopes his successor will address the next Europe Day in a more conducive environment when hunger has been mitigated in the country.
The legal advisor of the President, Lawrence Korbandy who was the guest of honour appreciated European Union for their continued support to the people of South Sudan.
“I think I will not be objective if I don’t acknowledge on behalf of the government the role played by European Union among other partners in the independence of South Sudan in 2011 and their continued support through their development cooperation and Humanitarian assistance,” Korbandy said.
According to Korbandy, the EU has provided South Sudan with valuable assistance in the area of food security and rural development.
He said in 2015, European Union supported the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS), the EU funds provided a direct financing to JMEC to implement its core functions.
Korbandly also revealed that the EU is currently financing the ongoing High Level Revitalization Forum for the peace talks.
Europe Day was attended by some government officials including the Minister of Housing and Urban Planning, Alfred Ladu Gore, Jema Nunu Kumba, SPLM acting secretary general and other Ambassadors.
Europe Day is the name of an annual observance by the European Union (EU), held on 9 May. It is also known as Schuman Day, in commemoration of the 1950 Schuman Declaration. It is the EU’s “equivalent of a national day” and its observance is strongly associated with the display of the EU’s equivalence of a national flag, the “European flag or emblem”.