The European Union welcomed on 12 September this week’s meetings between South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir and the leader of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition, Riek Machar, in the country’s capital, Juba, one year after the revitalised peace agreement was signed.

The two men signed a pact a year ago to end a civil war that killed hundreds of thousands of people, displaced one-third of the population, and wrecked the economy.

“Trust between the political leaders is of the essence and it is important that they continue to meet regularly to resolutely take the peace process forward.”, the Union said in a statement, hailing the ceasefire, and urging, however, increased efforts in the pace and the quality of implementation of the agreement.

“The European Union will continue to support the process of peace for the benefit of all South Sudanese people in close coordination with the Intergovernmental Authority for Development, the African Union, the United Nations and the wider international community”, the statement reads.