Speaking after the Summit hosted by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Addis Ababa, Mr Brende commented:
'I welcome the progress made at yesterday's Summit on South Sudan, and the signing of a peace agreement by the opposition and other South Sudanese parties. However, I am deeply disappointed that the Government of South Sudan has not yet signed the agreement, and I strongly urge it to do so immediately. I also call on all parties to commit fully to implementing the agreement. After 20 months of fighting, during which 2 million people have been displaced from their homes, a further delay beyond 17 August is completely unacceptable. Norway, together with its Troika partners, stands by the people of South Sudan and calls on the Government to make peace a reality. We will consult with our regional and international partners on the steps that should now be taken.'