These talks are of critical importance to the people of South Sudan. There can be no military solution to this conflict.
Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf on the beginning of direct talks on South Sudan
Yesterday, President Obama appointed Ambassador Donald Booth as the new U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan.  Learn more about the new ambassador on DipNote!

Yesterday, President Obama appointed Ambassador Donald Booth as the new U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan.  Learn more about the new ambassador on DipNote!

Learn what $26 million spent on USAID’s Food, Agribusiness and Rural Markets (FARM) project in South Sudan yields on DipNote!

Learn what $26 million spent on USAID’s Food, Agribusiness and Rural Markets (FARM) project in South Sudan yields on DipNote!

Addressing the Crisis in South Sudan’s Jonglei State
Relief Food Arrives in South Sudan

In response to the political crisis in South Sudan and the deeply troubling violence in Jonglei state, on July 24, the White House hosted NGOs and advocacy groups to discuss the situation and confer on how the United States — in concert with partners and allies around the world — can help end the violence and support South Sudan’s democratic development.

At the meeting, National Security Staff Senior Director for Development and Democracy Gayle Smith, Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights Steve Pomper, and I invited advocates and humanitarian workers to exchange information on the humanitarian and human rights crisis in Jonglei, and explore ways we can work together to raise awareness and address it. MORE

Congratulations to ‎South Sudan on the 2nd anniversary of their independence! You can read ‎Secretary Kerry’s statement here and watch Ambassador DiCarlo discuss South Sudan’s security and humanitarian situation here. [AP Photo/Pete Muller]

Congratulations to ‎South Sudan on the 2nd anniversary of their independence! You can read ‎Secretary Kerry’s statement here and watch Ambassador DiCarlo discuss South Sudan’s security and humanitarian situation here. [AP Photo/Pete Muller]

Ambassador Rosemary A. DiCarlo, U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations and current Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, comments on the security and humanitarian situation in South Sudan during a UN Security Council Stakeout on South Sudan at the United Nations in New York, New York, on July 7, 2013. [Go to http://state.gov for a text transcript and more video.]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with South Sudan President Salva Kiir before the conclusion of the 50th anniversary African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 26, 2013. Read more about the Secretary’s visit to Ethiopia here. [State Department photos/ Public Domain]

Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, comments on Sudan and South Sudan at the United Nations in New York, New York on January 8, 2012. A text transcript can be found at http://usun.state.gov/briefing/statements/202589.htm

Ambassador Princeton Lyman travels to Juba, South Sudan

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 11, 2012


Ambassador Princeton Lyman, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, travels to Juba, South Sudan today for a series of high-level meetings with government officials, members of civil society, and representatives of international organizations working in South Sudan.

Ambassador Lyman’s visit comes at a critical time in the delayed implementation of the historic agreements between Sudan and South Sudan signed on September 27. The Sudanese and South Sudanese people deserve swift and complete implementation of these agreements, as called for by the AU Peace and Security Council in its October 24 communiqué.

Special Envoy Lyman will engage South Sudan on the resolution of outstanding issues, such as the disputed area of Abyei, and the implementation of the crucial agreements, including the creation of the safe demilitarized border zone and the resumption of oil production between the two countries. Special Envoy Lyman will also underscore the United States’ commitment to supporting South Sudan’s economic development and growth as a full-fledged democracy that respects human rights and the rule of law.

Following his visit to South Sudan, Special Envoy Lyman will proceed to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the meeting of the Joint Political and Security Mechanism being convened by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel Chairman Thabo Mbeki.

The White House recently announced that Ambassador Lyman will step down in the new year as U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan after two years of service, notably marked by helping to shepherd the creation of an independent South Sudan. Special Envoy Lyman will serve in his position until the President names a new envoy.

For further information, please contact Erin Rattazzi at RattazziEA@state.gov, 202-736-7043

Planes, Barges, and Trucks in South Sudan

A man carries a large package of food air dropped by the World Food Program to the Yida Camp in South Sudan, October 28, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Anne C. Richard serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration.

Traveling to visit refugees, one expects to see and hear certain things. I recently visited a refugee camp in South Sudan, however, and it was the unexpected things I found there that made the deepest impression: the real challenges and steep cost of getting aid to the refugees.

In any refugee camp in Africa one will find people of all generations crowded together in shelters hastily erected from local building materials such as tree branches. Boreholes and pumps provide not only water, one of the basics to sustain life, but also serve as a gathering place for people and children who like to play. In the maternity areas of make-shift clinics, expectant mothers get counseling on staying healthy and babies are born.

Having read up on the Yida refugee site before visiting, I also knew that there had been reports of severe malnutrition among newcomers to the… more »