Foreign Affairs Committee to consider South Sudan crisis with NGO reps

June 10th, 2014 - Pat Breen

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade will tomorrow discuss the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan with representatives from Concern, Goal and Oxfam.

The meeting comes on foot of increasing tensions within South Sudan, where five and a half

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months of violence has led to over a million people leaving their homes.

Chairman of the Committee Pat Breen TD says: “South Sudan is the world’s newest independent state, having seceded from Sudan three years ago. Despite considerable oil wealth, the country finds itself on the brink of catastrophe, with ethnic violence impeding the delivery of aid to the most vulnerable. Over one million people displaced and an estimated five million people are in dire need of assistance.

“Ireland’s response to the deteriorating situation and the humanitarian crisis in the region has been acknowledged as one of the more committed. Last month, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore TD announced an additional €2 million to support life-saving work there. However, greater action and financial assistance is required from the international community. At our meeting tomorrow with representatives from Concern, Goal and Oxfam, we will be able to get an up to date assessment of the nature of the crisis and establish what extra measures Ireland and Europe could take to help avert a looming humanitarian disaster.”

The meeting takes place tomorrow Wednesday 11 June in Committee Room 1, LH 2000 at 2:30 pm. The meeting will be broadcast live on Oireachtas UPC Channel 207 and be viewed online here: http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/watchlisten/live-flashplayer/committeeroom1/