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July 9, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and International Cooperation Minister Julian Fantino today issued the following statement:
“One year ago, Canada welcomed the formal creation of South Sudan as an independent state—a momentous event for the people of South Sudan. Today, we celebrate the positive relationship between our two countries and the many links we share, including our commitment to building peace and prosperity across the continent.
“Canada remains concerned about the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, including the dire situation faced by those fleeing violence in Sudan. Canada also remains concerned about high rates of infant and maternal mortality and large portions of the population living in poverty. We are committed to assisting South Sudan address these issues and in its efforts to develop strong democratic institutions, address security concerns, and promote respect for human rights and the rule of law.
“We welcome initial efforts to implement the African Union road map endorsed by the UN Security Council, and we urge both parties to commit to the negotiation of outstanding bilateral issues.
“Together with our international partners, Canada will remain engaged in both Sudan and South Sudan to help ensure that both states remain viable and at peace internally and with each other. The recent extension for a second year of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, to which Canada provides military and police personnel, is a testament to this commitment.”
For more information about Canada’s engagement in Sudan and South Sudan, please visit Canada at work in Sudan and South Sudan.
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Canada’s engagement in Sudan and South Sudan focuses on helping to set the conditions for long-term peace, stability and prosperity in both countries.
Canada is a key player in a concerted international effort to foster a just and lasting peace within and between Sudan and South Sudan. Since 2006, Canada has contributed more than $900 million toward humanitarian assistance, development and peacebuilding to alleviate suffering, promote democracy and respect for human rights, build resilience, press for peace and help to achieve a peaceful, credible referendum in South Sudan. Canada’s contribution has had a tangible impact on the lives of the Sudanese and South Sudanese people, who are trying to rebuild after decades of conflict.
Building on the significant progress made to date, Canada’s whole-of-government efforts in the two countries continue to be guided by three priorities:
Canada will continue to work alongside international partners to consolidate peace and security, address humanitarian and development needs, and ensure the viability of both states.
Canada’s engagement in Sudan and South Sudan focuses on helping to build the conditions needed for long-term peace, stability and prosperity in both countries. As one of its three priorities in these two countries, Canada works to provide humanitarian assistance to meet the immediate basic needs of conflict-affected populations in Sudan and South Sudan, as well as to build resilience through development support focused on food security, and children and youth. In South Sudan, Canada is improving maternal, newborn and child health, and supporting the development of viable public institutions critical to the future stability and prosperity of the new nation.
Canada’s humanitarian and development programs are delivered through experienced multilateral partners such as the World Bank and United Nations agencies, as well as international and Canadian non-governmental organizations. For example, Canada is:
Despite ongoing challenges, real progress continues to be made:
Canada’s engagement in Sudan and South Sudan focuses on helping to set the conditions for long-term peace, stability and prosperity in both countries. As one of its three priorities in these two countries, Canada participates actively in peace processes, multilateral initiatives and peacebuilding.
Canada is part of a concerted international effort to ensure peace in, and between, Sudan and South Sudan. For example, Canada is:
Despite the ongoing challenges, real progress continues to be made. Canada has:
Canada’s engagement in Sudan and South Sudan focuses on helping to set the conditions for long-term peace, stability and prosperity in both countries. As one of its three priorities in these two countries, Canada is working to increase prospects for a just and lasting peace in both countries.
Canada plays a key role in African Union (AU) and UN peace operations and contributes to community-level security in both Sudan and South Sudan. For example, Canada is:
Despite the ongoing challenges, real progress continues to be made: