Canada Urges End to Conflict Between Sudan and South Sudan

April 15, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada calls on the leaders of both Sudan and South Sudan to put their respective people first and immediately end the most recent hostilities.

“Incursions and bombings must stop. Provocative acts must be avoided. Peace agreements must be respected.

“For years, the people of these two countries have known nothing but war. It is far beyond time for these two nations to end their warring for the good of their people. Now more than ever, it is critical that Sudan and South Sudan take concrete action to resolve any issues between them and to ensure regional peace and stability.”

Minister Baird has asked officials of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada to démarche Sudanese and South Sudanese officials to make these points and urge for a return to peace.

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