This year participants were ambassadors from Norwegian embassies in Etiopia, Kenya, the Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa. The directors of the African Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo, as well as some other officials, also attended. The purpose of the meeting was to assess the peace process from various perspectives, take stock of the Norwegian contributions and discuss the way forward.
In his opening remarks, Ambassador Andreas Gaarder stressed that there has to be a match between resource use and results. Africa Director Elisabeth Jacobsen said that the close collaboration between the stations in region contributes to Norway’s comparative advantage. Special Envoy Jens-Petter Kjemprud emphasized that Norway’s strong commitment to finding a peaceful and sustainable solution to the crisis in South Sudan involves working closely with the countries in the region and providing active support to the IGAD-led negotiations. There was consensus on the need to maintain Norway’s political engagement in favour of the people of South Sudan, even though at present the peace process is struggling and fighting among the many armed groups is escalating.
Discussions on South-Sudan